James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 29, 1844

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James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 1844

provided Van Buren or some other person


to please them, should he [be] nominated by the


Baltimore convention which I think not


probable. I was told by a member of the


House a few days since that Benton now


claims to have obtained a wonderful tri-


umph over the President & Cabinet by


(as he says) forcing them into his views of


the question — he alluded to McDuffie's resolu-


tions. It is therefore generally believed that


he will vote for those resolutions. I am


sure he is allarmed [sic] at his position & wishes


to come to the support of the measure of


annexation provided he can find some


excuse for doing so & provided also he can


support it in a way that will disconnect


Mr. Calhoun with it, and have his favorite


nominated for the Presidency. I fear however


Mr. B. cannot be accommodated in all of


these considerations & that he will vote against


the resolutions. I had a conversation with


him on yesterday which did not alter in


any degree my apprehensions in this


regard. The Baltimore convention has

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James Pinckney Henderson to Sam Houston, May 29, 1844. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3485, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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