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Other Notable Correspondence within the Legation Papers
Persons both famous and obscure corresponded with the Texas legation in Washington, D.C. Taken as a whole, these letters reflect the broad spectrum of issues facing the Minister Plenipotentiary and Secretary of the legation.
U.S. President Andrew Jackson wrote to Mexican leader Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in September 1836, trying to explain the U.S. position on Mexico’s conflict with Texas. (This item is a copy for use of the legation, since neither the sender nor the recipient is a Texas official.)
James Pinckney Henderson, Stephen F. Austin’s successor as Texas Secretary of State, wrote in December 1836 of his great sorrow upon the unexpected death of Austin, who was considered “the Father of Texas.”
Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. minister to Mexico, 1825-1829, who had tried to purchase part of Texas from Mexico during that time, wrote to William H. Wharton in February 1837. He offered his support and influence in the Texan cause.
Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph, offered his invention to the Republic of Texas exclusively in March 1838. Texas never acted on that offer, and it was withdrawn by Morse in 1860.
In reaction to Native American raids along the Red River, a relatively unknown man named James Logan wrote to Minister Plenipotentiary Isaac Van Zandt in May 1844, suggesting Van Zandt employ a Cherokee by the name of Dutch. Dutch was a former chief and a force among the Cherokee, who could probably negotiate a peaceful ending to the conflicts around the Red River boundary.
A Connecticut man named Lorrain Thompson Pease wrote to William H. Wharton in December 1836. He had given two sons already to Texas, one of whom had survived the Goliad massacre only to die afterwards at Velasco, “in the arms of his elder brother” E.M. Pease. The father had not heard from his elder son in so long that he was requesting any information to allay the fears of his family. Elisha Marshall Pease would become governor of the state of Texas for three terms, 1853-57 and 1867-69.