Sam Houston to Texas Congress, January 4, 1843

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for their execution no threats of personal
injury shall ever deter him from the dis-
charge of his exalted trust. Like every other
man, personal security may be a desir-
ation with him, and he might be
found to see society assume that state which
would elevate its members above the
influence of personal abuse, for this much
is desirable to every good citizen. But if a love of personal
security had been the predominant feeling of his
life, his present connection with Texas
might have been different; and the
situation of the country might also have been
different in its relations to the civilized
world. He has always shown a dis-
regard of personal comfort -- of
personal privation, and of personal
danger, when he believed the rights and
interests of his country and fellow men
were dependent upon his course. If his actions
have been creditable to himself,
the highest gratification which he enjoys
is the knowledge that they have been
beneficial to his fellow citizens. As a
reward for these he desires to see his country
established upon a firm basis -- its laws respected --
sedition put down -- society cemented by a
sense of moral obligation, and every citizen

Sam Houston to Texas Congress, January 4, 1843, A.J. Houston Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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