Joseph Eve to Sam Houston, October 7, 1842

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Joseph Eve to Sam Houston, October 1842

forced to leave his family and home and fight for


no principle except the hope of plunder[,] this reflection


should induce him to pause and hesitate before


he plays such an uncertain game of hazzard [sic]


which has once proved so disasteraus [sic] to him.

Yours however is very far from being an


envious condition, with not a dollar in the Treasury[,]


with strong opposition to the executive, without union


or concert, constantly annoyed by maraudering [sic]


Mexican parties. May not your Government be


well compaired [sic] to a ship upon a stormy sea


without much sail or ballast,, where every mar-


iner claims to be a Pilot. [U]nder such difficulties


it requires a Pilot at the helm, of prudence, firm-


ness, and intelligence, to save the vessel from


being capsized by the waves of popular


commotion, or driven upon the beach


by the Mexican sword. That you may be


able to over come all the difficulties with which


you are beset, and steer the ship of state into


a safe port I pray God most sincerely.

The time has arrived when all should


forget their private differences, and unite under


the Single Star, as a band of brother patriots


go heart and hand for the best interests of


the country. I have given you these crude


ideas, hoping that I shall not be considered as

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Joseph Eve to Sam Houston, October 7, 1842. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #2694, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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