Fairfax Catlett to Sam Houston, September 5, 1837
in a hail storm. He will keep himself out of it if he can[.]
If he cannot he will bend to it and trust in
an overruling Providence! Under existing circumstances
I believe that he is opposed to the measure.
In a question of so much moment and intricacy,
it would be idle in me to attempt more than a general
outline of the prudent position and probable wishes of the
Government of the United States in relation to the annexation
of Texas. I cannot regard it as strange that they should
have declined treating upon the subject. Indeed I
look upon it as a product which might easily have been
foreseen. Yet it was not the less necessary that the
proposition should be made. It has been made, declined,
and it now rests with the Congress of the United States
to determine whether whether Texas shall add another
star to the cluster of the Union or—commence the
conquest of the whole of Mexico.
I have taken the liberty of addressing your
Excellency upon this subject and perhaps of too freely
forwarding one or two of my own opinions thereupon[,] still
I beg leave to indulge a hope that even if they should
be regarded as the visions of vain inexperience, that they
will find some credit with your Excellency, as my sincere
convictions—nothing doubting that whatever fallacy may
exist in them will be easily detected by a mind so well
skilled in the governing motives which control the actions
of public men agreeably to their respective characters.
I am now engaged in copying a rejoinder, pre-
pared by General Hunt to the answer of the Secretary
of State[.] But the negotiation may be regarded as
closed for the present.
The members of Congress are all here, and
have assembled for the specific purpose of arranging the
currency and for that exclusively[.] Numerous enquiries
are made about you by your old acquaintances and
former comperes in politics. The late elections
Fairfax Catlett to Sam Houston, September 5, 1837. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #1314, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.