Sam Houston to Isaac Van Zandt, January 29, 1844
the manifest duty of this Govt to use such precaution as
would secure it against any accidental catastrophe. It is
now in possession of such assurance from the Govt of the U.
States, as will authorize the hazard of the die. Our situation
was one which would not without assurance of security from
the U.S. authorize us to hazard the consequences which might
possibly result from rejection, regarding our present and future
safety against Mexico.
It is needless for me to write further upon this subject.
Genl Henderson and Mr Miller will be in possession of all
minutia, and I know will take pleasure in communicating to
you every thing of interest.
I am, my dear Sir,
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.