Anson Jones to J. Pinckney Henderson, February 15, 1844
J. Pinckney Henderson was one of the most distinguished men in early Texas. In the first Sam Houston administration, he served as attorney general and secretary of state before being appointed minister to England and France. While in Europe, he secured trade agreements and diplomatic recognition for the republic.
In 1844, Houston appointed Henderson to go to Washington to assist Van Zandt in negotiating an annexation treaty. In this letter, Jones gives Henderson his instructions, remarking on the need for secrecy. The annexation of Texas was an extremely controversial subject in the United States, and Jones knew any early publicity would kill any chances for a deal.
In 1845, Henderson was elected the first governor of Texas. He spent most of his two-year term in personal command of troops in the Mexican War. In his later years, Henderson operated a successful law practice. In November of 1857, he was appointed to fill the vacancy in the Senate caused by the suicide of Thomas J. Rusk. Henderson died the following year.
Anson Jones to J. Pinckney Henderson, February 15, 1844. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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