Fairfax Catlett to Sam Houston, September 5, 1837
have terminated very unfavorably for the present
Question. He cannot be reelected[.] [William C.] Rives and
[Thomas Hart] Benton will both be candidates for the next Presi-
dency. The Whigs are talking of bringing out
Mr Clay once more. The old Jackson party is on
the end of a split upon the subject of the currency[.]
Benton and his followers in favour of an exclusive
metallic currency and the sub Treasury against.
Mr Rives and the conservatives in favour of a
limited issue of paper and the State Banks.
Mr Van Buren is losing ground and will not be
able to keep his party together. Polk has been
elected Speaker over Bell by a small majority.
Under the impression that it is a
privilege which I may venture to add
without fear of intrusion, and that your
Excellency would like to be freely ad-
vised of the progress of matters and
at the Court, I shall encourage a hope [?]
communications which I shall take the liber[ty] [of]
sending you occasionally, will not be unaccep-
With due respect and consideration
I have the honor to be etc.
Fairfax Catlett to Sam Houston, September 5, 1837. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #1314, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.