whether in public or private station acquitting
himself to Society as a man. And if the
superadded obligation of an oath at-
taches to his duty, let him redeem his
pledge and stand acquitted of blame
to his country and his God.
Were he incapable of these feelings
and these motives, and a sense of these
obligations, he would pity if not despise
* Their loss would involve the nation in inextricable co-
nfusion, injury, and expense; and a longer postponement of the
action of the Congress can be attended with no other than the most per-
nicious effects. Those whose interests are identified with
transactions under our land laws cannot
but feel deep solicitude that the records which constitute the basis
and evidence of the right of [?] be placed beyond the reach of
danger and destruction . At least nine tenths of the
citizens of this country are thus more or less concerned. Shall their rights
be surrendered to the keep and control of a mob, who
have so long openly trodden down the constitutional au-
thority of the land?
Sam Houston to Texas Congress, January 4, 1843, A.J. Houston Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.