Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 29, 1844

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Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 1844

to me pretty much at length upon the subjects touched in


this letter and keep us well advised here through newspapers


etc. as you can of what is passing at Washington.

I hope you will have the kindness to present me in


terms of personal respect to Mr Tyler, and with salutations of cordial


esteem to Col Benton and others of my old friends with whom


you may meet. Commend me kindly to Mr Raymond; and


request that he will write frequently and give us the news. Mrs


H. unites with me in salutations of respect to your lady and


yourself. Her health has been very imperfect during the fall


and winter.

February 15th 1844.

You will, my dear Sir, perceive from the dates, that


the completion of this letter has been postponed, owing to the great


pull of business, which did not terminate with the rise of Congress.


The reception of letters from friends in the United States placed


were in expectation of some very important communication from


that Govt which I have since received.

Genl Murphy the ch’d’affairs [sic] of the U.S. arrived here some


three days since, having received dispatches from his Govt requiring


immediate action. That action has been taken; and Genl J.P.


Henderson has been invested with proper powers in connection with


yourself, to conclude the subject of annexation so far as it can be


consummated by the Govt of the U.S. and our Ministers. My private


Secretary and confidential friend W.D. Miller Esq. has been appoin-


ted by me in the secret execution of this matter a Secretary of the


Special legation, and will act in connection with Mr Raymond


already there.

It would be useless for me to attempt to portray to you


the magnitude of the consequences which are to grow out of these


transactions. Millions will realize their benefits, but it is not


within the compass of mortal expression to estimate the advantages


to mankind. The measures of this Govt have not been divided without


dire considerations of the subject as far as Texas may be affected by


it. And no matter how great the ultimate advantages to the two coun-


tries may have been considered in the event of annexation, it was

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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.

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