Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 29, 1844
/ Confidential /
Washington, January 29th 1844.
My dear Van Zandt.
I have to acknowledge the receipt
of your several notes, but the want of time and the in-
disposition of my family have prevented me until now,
from replying. At all times it affords me pleasure
to hear of and from you. Congress, being in session, has
engrossed much of my time.
No definitive action has yet taken place
in relation to our position towards the United States so
far as Congress has been concerned. What they will do, I
cannot pretend to say—their session will soon terminate.
The Secretary of State and myself have this
moment had a conversation. He will communicate
with you in a day or two on the subject of it. In the
mean time I will state to you, that the instructions
to suspend negotiations on the subject of annexation
will be reworked, leaving the matter open as it had
before been. Should the indications on the part of the
Congress of the U.S. justify the course, you will promptly
open negotiations and conduct them with the most pro-
found secrecy. We must keep our eye to this fact that
should the U.S. not be willing to consummate the policy
of annexation, it might with other nations be a serious com-
promittal to us, and prove greatly prejudicial to our
future negotiations with them. My opinion is, that your
situation will enable you to ascertain from circumstances
every day occurring with that Government, the Congress being
in session, whether reasonable hopes can be entertained of
the success of such a measure. Before this can reach you,
if it is the intention of the U.S. Congress to take up the
subject at all, it will have received an impulse and
direction so far as to enable you to judge correctly of the
course necessary to be pursued for its effectuation[.] If
there is no probability of its success or the political parties
in that country should be predisposed to pass it by
Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 29, 1844. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #3305, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.