Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 29, 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
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
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
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.