Samuel Sawyer to Sam Houston, October 3, 1835

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Samuel Sawyer to Sam Houston, October 1835

New York Octr 3rd 1835

Dear Sir.

I am happy to hear of your being in Texas, and shall be still more so


on learning that you have settled there. As I am a proprietor in both the Rio


Grande & Texas, & Colorado & Rio River Co[.] I feel some hopes, upon the presence


of a friend on the spot, that my speculation will not turn out so bad


as prospects now, would cause us to apprehend. The trouble with laws


to prevent the population of the colony, will retard its settlement


until they end, either in the purchase of Texas by the United States, or in


the independence of the Colony. We believe that our government has


the subject under consideration, to bring about the cession indirect-


ly by agreement with Signor Almonte the comr now in Washington


to throw the boundary back to the Rio Grande Del Norte. That could


bring it about, without any congressional action on the subject, un-


less an appropriation were required to meet the payment of the


consideration of the purchase which as it would no doubt turn


out a good speculation. Congress would do that without deciding


as to the future disposition of the Country. As to the other alterna-


tive, an act authorising the purchase, I apprehend much dif[fi]-


culty in its passage. All the conflicting interests between the


different sections of our union would be brought to bear, & even


the slave question would be agitated. The first mode would be pre-


ferable; but we have no certain news whether any & what progress


has been made in bringing it about. You would render an act


of immense service, if you could be instrumental any way of bring-


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Samuel Sawyer to Sam Houston, October 3, 1835. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #88, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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