Anson Jones to Isaac Van Zandt, December 23, 1842
Sam Houston appointed Marshall attorny Isaac Van Zandt as charg d'affaires for the Republic of Texas in Washington, D.C. in 1842. Van Zandt served until 1845 and was the principal negotiator for annexation. He returned to Texas and ran for governor in 1847, but died in a yellow fever epidemic.
This letter gives a glimpse into the diplomatic relationship between Texas and the Indian tribes during Sam Houston's second term in office. Houston wanted to halt hostilities that had resulted in deaths and atrocities on both sides, and instead make treaties to establish peaceful trading relations. As this letter shows, Houston intended that not only Texas, but the United States would enter into these treaty relationships. These negotiations culminated in success with the Bird's Fort Treaty in 1843.
The "Mr. Eve" referred to in the letter is Joseph Eve, charg d'affaires of the United States to the Republic of Texas. Eve was a great admirer of Sam Houston and of Texas in general, and a strong supporter of annexation. Eve was recalled from his post in Galveston in 1843, but died of fever before he could return home.
Anson Jones to Isaac Van Zandt, December 23, 1842. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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