James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 20, 1844

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James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 1844

Washington City


May 20th 1844

My Dr. Genl


Since I last wrote you


the committee has reported the Treaty to


the Senate with a resolution to reject


it — they have had it under debate for


several days and it is said that the debate


has been terrific, so much so as to allarm [sic]


Benton and his Whig associates who oppose


it most violently. McDuffie, whose support


I feared would be cold, is said to have sur-


passed himself in his best days in some


short speeches on incidental questions.


Benton, it is said, made a two days speech


against the Treaty & Mr Calhoun & that


Mr Walker answers him today. They re-


moved the injunction of secrecy so


far as respects the Treaty & accompanying


documents some days since & ordered them


to be published. The object was to pub-


lish the President's orders on the sub-


ject of the army & Navy & make the


measure unpopular — but it failed of its

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James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 20, 1844. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3473, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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