Anson Jones to Washington Daniel Miller, May 3, 1844
Washington D. Miller was a fixture in Texas government in the years of the republic and early statehood. He served in the Texas Congress, and as Sam Houston's secretary, secretary of the Senate, postmaster general, and Secretary of State. When Sam Houston's faction was out of office, Miller worked as a newspaper editor and publisher.
In this letter, Jones discusses domestic and foreign reaction to the prospect of annexation and gauges the chances for the passage of the treaty.
At Home near Washington [on the Brazos]
May 3rd 1844
My Dear Sir,
I have the pleasure to ack-
knowledge the receipt of your letter
of the 12th Ulto which together with the
Treaty reached this place on the 1st
Inst. It found me on a sick bed
where I have been confined most of
the time for two weeks past. I am
also indebted to Mr. Van Zandt, Gen. H-
enderson & Mr. Raymond [?] for their kindness
in writing me lately. I am unable to
reciprocate by writing either you or
them more than this short note, which
I have to request you & they will
accept as the best return I can
make at present.
The negotiation of the Treaty had
taken people here by surprise. There had
been so many "glorious" rumors put afloat
that our citizens were beginning to be
very skeptical on the subject. But
the reality has come now upon them
unexpectedly to most of them and I
can aprise [sic] you it affords the
most hearty satisfaction to the
public mind here as far as I
am enabled to learn. They
Anson Jones to Washington Daniel Miller, May 3, 1844. Washington Daniel Miller Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.