University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Sam Houston Papers, 1814-1957, and undated

Creator Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Title: Sam Houston papers
Dates: 1814-1957, undated
Abstract: Papers document the life of Sam Houston, including military service, as congressman from and governor of Tennessee, as commander-in-chief of the army in the Texas Revolution, as president of the Republic of Texas, as United States senator from and governor of the state of Texas. Many important state and national figures, especially Andrew Jackson, are represented, as well as personal friends and family members.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00005
Extent: 6.5 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Sam Houston's colorful public life began with his heroic action during the War of 1812. He served as congressman and governor of Tennessee, spent years among the Cherokee, was commander-in-chief of the Texas army in the Texas Revolution, then president of the Republic of Texas, and later Texas senator and governor.

Chronology of Houston's life:

March 2, 1793 Houston's birth to Samuel and Elizabeth (Paxton) Houston in Rockbridge County, Virginia
1813 Enlisted in the United States Army
May 1818 Resigned from the Army as a first lieutenant, to begin the study of law
October 1818 Elected district attorney of Nashville, Tennessee, district
ca. 1819 Appointed adjutant general of the Tennessee state militia with rank of colonel
1821 Elected major general of the state militia
1823 Elected to U.S. House of Representatives as delegate from Tennessee
1825 Re-elected to U.S. Congress
1827 Elected governor of Tennessee
1829 Married and separated from Eliza H. Allen of Gallatin, Tennessee
1829 Resigned as governor of Tennessee
1829-1835 Served as business and diplomatic agent for the Cherokees in the Indian Territory
1832 Houston's probable first trip into Texas
1833 Returned to Texas to attend the Convention of 1833 as a representative of Nacogdoches
1835 Elected delegate to the Consultation, and the General Council elected him major general of the Texas Army
1836 Elected delegate to the Convention of 1836; elected commander-in-chief of the Texas Army; led army to victory at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21
1836-1838 Elected and served as President of the Republic of Texas
1839-1841 Elected and served as representative from San Augustine County to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses
1840 Married Margaret Moffette Lea in Marion, Alabama
1841-1844 Elected and served second term as President of the Republic of Texas
1845 Elected delegate from Montgomery County to the Convention of 1845
1846-1859 Elected by the Texas Legislature to the U.S. Senate
1856 Discussed as possible presidential candidate for the Know-Nothing Party
1857 Defeated in election for governor of Texas
1859 Elected governor of Texas
1860 Discussed as possible presidential candidate for the Constitutional Union Party
1861 Declined to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy and was ousted as governor by the Secession Convention
July 26, 1863 Died at his home in Huntsville, Texas

Scope and Contents

Papers document the life of Sam Houston including his military service under Andrew Jackson and his term as congressman from Tennessee and governor of that state, his life among the Cherokee, and his service to Texas as commander-in-chief of the army in the Texas Revolution, twice president of the Republic of Texas, one of Texas's first two senators, and governor of the state. Many important state and national figures are represented here, especially Andrew Jackson, as well as personal friends and family members. Included in addition to the small series of original documents are two series of photocopies and two of transcripts, each of which varies to some extent from the others.


Correspondence, financial and legal documents, broadsides, newspaper clippings, and family history organized by type of material: original documents, photostats unbound, photostats bound, transcripts, calendar, and by subject.


Arranged chronologically under type of material and/or subject.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Daingerfield, William Henry, 1808-1878
Hamilton, Narcissa B.
Henderson, James Pinckney, 1808-1858
Hockley, George Washington, 1802-1854
Houston, John A.
Houston, Margaret Lea, 1819-1867
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Irion, Anna Raguet, 1819-1883
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Johns, Clement Reed, 1816-1886
Jones, Anson, 1798-1858
Malmesbury, James Howard Harris, Earl of, 1807-1889
Miller, Washington D.
Prentiss, James
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857
Santa Anna, Antonio López ˜deœ 1794-1876
Smith, Ashbel, 1805-1886
Somervell, Alexander, 1796-1854
Ward, Thomas William, 1807-1872
Yoakum, H. (Henderson King), 1810-1856
Family Names
Houston family (Houston, Sam)
Lea family
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Cherokee Indians
Indians of North America
Indians of North America--Government relations
Kansas-Nebraska Act (United States)
Revolution (Texas : 1835-1836)
San Jacinto, Battle of (Texas : 1836)
Republic of Texas
United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sam Houston Papers, 1814-1957, and undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Sam Houston writings published as: Houston, Sam, 1793-1863. The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863, edited by Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker. (Austin, Tex., University of Texas Press, 1938-1943). 8 vols.

Accession Numbers

2004-205; 2007-141; 2009-354; 2011-213; 2018-037

OCLC Number


Detailed Description of the Collection

Original documents

(see also the Calendar of Original Documents near end of inventory)
2E250 [SRH1230006318] General correspondence, 1815, 1835-1843
General correspondence, 1844-1863, undated
Presidential letters, 1842-1844
Sam Houston-James Prentiss correspondence, March-June 1832
Sam Houston-James Prentiss correspondence, July 1832-April 1834
Autograph and handwritten note concerning the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, John Howard Harris, 1846, undated
2W33d [SRH1230020258] Sam Houston, Washington City, to Narcissa Hamilton; letter to his cousin describing his wife and children, January 8, 1850
Conditions Governing Access
Restricted for preservation. See Preservation copy at 2R253.
2R253 [SRH1230011957] Preservation copy of Sam Houston, Washington City, to Narcissa Hamilton; letter to his cousin describing his wife and children, January 8, 1850
2E250 [SRH1230006318] Miscellaneous correspondence concerning Sam Houston, 1905-1942

Photostats (unbound)

2E250 [SRH1230006318] General correspondence
January-June 1836
July-December 1836
2E251 [SRH1230006328] 1837-1839
2E252 [SRH1230006339] 1860-1861
and fragments, 1862-1867, undated
1870-1938, undated
Financial affairs, 1824-1862
Legal and official documents, 1819-1863, undated
Letters mentioning Sam Houston, 1854-1860

2E252 [SRH1230006339] Family history, 1831-1957, undated

2E252 [SRH1230006339] News releases and newspaper clippings, 1849-1941

2E252 [SRH1230006339] Houston family poetry, 1839-1865

2E252 [SRH1230006339] Photostats (bound): Sam Houston v. James Harper Starr

Photostats (bound)

2E253 [SRH1230006349] General correspondence
Part I, 1815-1832
Part II, 1833-1838
Part III, 1839-1844
Part IV, 1845-1859
Part V, 1860-1924, undated

2E253 [SRH1230006349] Transcripts (unbound): Correspondence of and concerning Sam Houston, 1824-1866, undated, and fragments

Transcripts (bound)

2R45 [SRH1230011620] General correspondence
Vol. I, February 1815-July 1830
Vol. II, July 1830-January 1836
Vol. III, January 1836-January 1837
Vol. IV, January 1837-July 1839
2R46 [SRH1230011621] Vol. V, July 1838-January 1842
Vol. VI, January 1842-July 1842
Vol. VII, July 1842-January 1843
Vol. VIII, January 1843-July 1843
2R47 [SRH1230011622] Vol. IX, July 1843-July 1844
Vol. X, July 1844-July 1847
Vol. XI, July 1847-January 1853
Vol. XII, January 1853-March 1856
2R48 [SRH1230011623] Vol. XIII, March 1856-March 1860
Vol. XIV, March 1860-June 1860
Vol. XV, June 1860-January 1861
Vol. XVI, January 1861-May 1928
Volume of selected duplicates, 1835-1859
2R49 [SRH1230011624] Houston correspondence unpublished
Vol. 1, 1817-1836
Vol. 2, 1837-1841
Vol. 3, 1842
Vol. 4, 1843-1844
Vol. 5, 1845-1850
Vol. 6, 1851-1859
2R50 [SRH1230011625] Vol. 7, January 1860-May 1860
Vol. 8, May 1860-August 1860
Vol. 9, September 1860-December 1860
Vol. 10, January 1861-June 1861
Vol. 11, July 1861-1908 and undated
2R51 [SRH1230011626] Copies of speeches and remarks from the Congressional Globe
Part 1, 1846-1850
Part 2, 1851-1854
Part 3, 1854-1858
Part 4, 1858
2R52 [SRH1230011627] Part 5, 1858-1859
State of Texas Executive Record Book
(2 copies)
[1860-1861 missing]
Form letters, 27 December 1859-16 March 1861

Calendar of letters and documents

2R53 [SRH1230011628] Part I, 1815-1836
(2 copies)
Part II, 1837-1841
(2 copies)
2R54 [SRH1230011629] Part III, 1842
(2 copies)
Part IV, 1843-1859
(2 copies)
2R55 [SRH1230011630] Part V, 1860
(2 copies)

3S175 [SRH1230021890] Land grants signed by Sam Houston, 1928, 1860
2.325/V57 [SRH1230002527] Oversize documents

2E250 [SRH1230006318] Calendar of Original Documents
Scope and Contents
Sam Houston, Dandridge, to Alexander Campbell, Lexington, Va., April 25, 1815. Concerns plans for the future: "At any time I am willing to sacrifice my wish to the welfare of the Republic."
Sam Houston, Harrisburgh, Ky., to Robert Brent, July 26, 1815. Is afraid he was paid more than he should have been and will repay it.
Sam Houston, Nacogdoches, to James Prentiss, New York, April 9, 1835. Letter of introduction for Colonel James Smith.
Sam Houston, San Felipe, to Messrs Austin, Archer, & Wharton, December 19, 1835. Letter of introduction for Major Chas. E. Hawkins who is "anxious to embark in the Naval Service of Texas."
Sam Houston, Nacogdoches, to John A. Quitman, Natchez, Miss., February 12, 1836. Thanking him for the present of a Polish Lager and his sentiments on behalf of Texas and inviting him to come to the aid of Texas.
Sam Houston announcing confirmation of appointment [of Stephen F. Austin] to be secretary of state, October 29, 1836.
Sam Houston, Columbia, Texas, to Colonel H. Raguet, December 31, 1836. Season's greetings. Is about to set out for the army.
Sam Houston, Columbia, Texas, to Major Wm. B. Lewis, Washington City, January 1, 1837. Letter of introduction for General M. Hunt.
Proclamation by the President of the Republic of Texas, Houston, June 30, 1838. Offers a reward for apprehension of James Aldridge who killed a Choctaw Indian.
Sam Houston, Houston, December 5, 1838. Certifies that Wyly Martin of Fort Bend County served as captain in the army and is entitled to an honorable discharge.
Sam Houston, San Augustine, to W.D. Miller, Austin, October 12, 1841. Wants him to be his private secretary though he is a candidate for chief clerk of the House of Representatives. Supports Colonel Anderson for Speaker.
San Houston, Houston, to W.D. Miller, Austin, February 15, 1842. Views as to Santa Anna's policy.
Sam Houston, Houston, to W.D. Miller, Austin, March 17, 1842. Needs his help. Has ordered the archives to Houston. Will press the cause against Mexico.
Sam Houston to W.D. Miller, January 8, 1843. Requests pistols and mold.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Andrew Jackson, January 31, 1843. Copy. Expresses gratitude to Jackson for his friendship and advice and explains his own political philosophy.
District Court, Fall Term, 1843. Sam Houston vs. Elisha Roberts, damages for failure to pay lawyer's fee.
Sam Houston, San Augustine, Texas, to W.D. Miller, Washington, Texas, August 26, 1844. Filling Judge Jack's place because of his death. "I hope that I have quelled the Shelbyville riot."
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Margaret Houston, Liberty, to be delivered to Grand Cane, September 28, 1844. Expresses his sorrow over her illness and that he must be away. Has taken quinine, which makes his hand shake. "Dr. Jones, I suppose, is elected by some 1700 votes."
Sam Houston, Washington City, to George Bancroft, April 2, 1846. Submits letters of two Texans desirous of becoming midshipmen. Note: No vacancy.
Sam Houston, Senate Chamber, to President Polk, June 5, 1846. Letter supporting Thomas W. McCaslan's application for post of military storekeeper.
T. Pilsbury, David Kaufman, and Sam Houston, Washington City, February 26, 1849. Letter of recommendation for Thruston M. Taylor.
Sam Houston, Huntsville, to W.C. Abbott, November 13, 1852. Desires a suit to be brought against James Davis to establish title to land.
Sam Houston to Mrs. Carr, April 8, 1853. Regards recovery of deceased husband's pension.
Sam Houston to Steen Billé, Washington, March 4, 1854. Transmitting document to chargé d'affaires. Envelope included.
Sam Houston, Independence, to Governor E.M. Pease, Austin, November 7, 1854. Expresses his view that proposed railroad stock is a fraud.
Sam Houston, Washington, to Dr. J.M. Strans [?], [Boston], January 25, 1855. Concerns speeches he is to give.
Sam Houston, Senate Chamber, to Rev. G.W. Samson, March 3, 1857. Sends him wife's letter; invites him to call.
Sam Houston, Huntsville, to A.M. Alexander, September 8, 1857. Supporters should not be crestfallen because he was not elected governor. "I have the noblest, best, & truest friends of any man on earth."
Sam Houston, Washington, to Mrs. Mary Allen of Kinderhook, New York, December 24, 1857. Allen was the widow of John M. Allen, a long-time friend of Houston from the Texas Revolution. Senator Houston offers two favors to Mrs. Allen: 1. To prevail upon Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey regarding the stationing of Mary Allen's brother in the Navy, 2. To aid Mary Allen in the sale of her late husband's land holdings.
Sam Houston, Huntsville, to Mary M. Carr, Palestine, August 5, 1858. Comments on the perfidy of the heirs of her father for not wanting to pay the expenses she incurred obtaining his pension.
Sam Houston to the editor of the Gazette, August 24, 1858. Returns newspaper sent to him with "morceau" marked.
Clement R. Johns, Comptroller's Office, to Sam Houston, March 22, 1860. Answers Houston's charges about his actions as state comptroller in regard to interest warrents.
Sam Houston, Executive Department, to Major S.W. Blain, Fort Arbuckle, April 16, 1860. Comments on cause of feelings against the Indians on the reservation.
Sam Houston, Austin, to [S.A.] Blain, September 4, 1860. Sorry he has resigned and has no place for him. Surprised at action of supposed friend.
Sam Houston, Cedar Point, to Dr. Kuhn, June 14, 1861. Sends some of his whittling.
Tribute of respect on the death of Sam Houston announced on August 1, 1863, from Knight Templar Encampment. Signed by Pease, Raven, Elgin, Harrell, and Merrill.
Sam Houston to Mr. C. Lyon [undated]. Will be happy to receive Caleb Lyon.
John M. Hansford to Sam Houston [undated]. Recommendation for appointment of Hiram Baker as district attorney for the 7th District.
[Sam Houston], Houston, to M. de Saligny, July 8, 1842. Draft of letter of condolence on death of Saligny's father and regret that he plans to leave because of health.
Sam Houston, Houston, one copy to Captain Elliot and one to Judge Eve, September 20, 1842. Letter to American & British chargé d'affaires asking for meeting.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to General A. Somervell, October 5, 1842. He is to proceed to the Rio Grande and advance into enemy territory if there is a prospect of success. Reveals his philosophy of warfare.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Geo. W. Terrell, October 21, 1842. Concerns Indian trading houses and visit of Indian chiefs with Houston.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to General Taylor, Fort Gibson, December 9, 1842. Letter for [James W.] Parker to present when he goes to try to identify a white boy who has been acquired from the Indians.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Colonel Daingerfield, sec'y of the treasury, December 10, 1842. Request to advance James W. Parker $75 from fund "for the redemption of Captives from the Indians."
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Colonel John Warren, January 18, 1843. Letter telling Warren to proceed to Port of Velasco and there work on plan of fortification for which $1000 has been appropriated.
Sam Houston to G.W. Hill, January 24, 1843. Comments on Mier Expedition and that Texans should stop at the river and should be home raising crops.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to M.P. Woodhouse, January 27, 1843. Woodhouse is to assume the duties of acting secretary of the treasury and authorize Gail Borden to advance money to the navy.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Colonel P.C. Watrow, February 3, 1843. The colonel is to take prisoners to the treaty grounds. Any interference with getting the release of our people is to be punished under the law.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Indian chiefs of the border tribes, February 13, 1843. Urges peace treaty and trade and invites chiefs to visit him.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Judge Jos. Eve, February 17, 1843. Finds subject of annexation is well received. Expresses hope Eve will give him news. He means to have "our exchequer at par."
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Indian Chief Linney, March 5, 1843. Encourages peace and settlement of Delaware, Shawnees, Kickapoo Indians on the Brazos where they may raise corn and trade. They must treat bad Indians as enemies.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to John Hall, 13 March 1843. Appointing him acting secretary of state during absence of Anson Jones.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Sah-sah-rokee, Kechi chief, January 31, 1844. Chief has talked to Houston and must now take his words to Comanches and Kiowas so there may be peace. Calls for another meeting.
Sam Houston, Washington, Texas, to Joseph Ellis, August 1, 1844. Appointing him agent of Alabama and Coshatee Indians and is to protect them and direct them in the "walks of peace."
1. Sam Houston, New York, to James Prentiss, New York, March 27, 1832. Discusses his 10 acres in Tennessee on which gold has been found.
2. James Prentiss, New York, to Sam Houston, April 5, 1832. Expecting news that may require Houston's immediate departure if he is still interested.
3. Sam Houston, Washington, D.C., to James Prentiss, New York, April 8, 1832. Can come to New York if called and then go to Texas but has decided at all events to go to Texas in the spring or summer. Can get the consulate at Matamoros for Mr. Pearse.
4. James Prentiss, New York, to James [sic] Houston, April 15, 1832. News from Vera Cruz: Santa Anna confidant of success. The state of affairs may advance their views, so he should go.
5. Sam Houston, Washington, D.C., to James Prentiss, New York, May 1, 1832. Is involved in his trial in the U.S. House. Will come as soon as possible. Pearse is now consul to Matamoros. Expecting evidence as to the value of his gold mine.
6. James Prentiss, New York, to James [sic] Houston, May 18, 1832. Houston should learn of any news sent by Butler from Mexico before he comes. Asks about Mr. Pearse's whereabouts and says he has given his friend, Mr. Egorten, a letter of introduction to Houston.
7. James Prentiss, New York, to Sam Houston, May 21, 1832. He should wait in Washington to find out import of dispatches from Vera Cruz. Would like Houston to help Chas. A. Clinton, son of DeWitt Clinton, to be appointed one of the commissioners under the treaty with France.
8. James Prentiss, New York, to James [sic] Houston, May 24, 1832. Sorry to hear that Houston is held up in Washington. Should not let anything prevent him from this business. Mr. Mason will return soon from Texas and Coahuila with news so should await his return. Repeats request for aid for appointment for Elias A. Clinton. Reports that Mr. Pearse has not been appointed consul at Matamoros as Houston had said.
9. Agreement between Sam Houston & James Prentiss, New York, June 1, 1832. Cancelled. Houston agrees to go to Texas to purchase rights or shares in the Leftwich Grant and make terms with Austin and others who claim an interest in it. Benefit therefrom to be divided equally between them. Prentiss has delivered and transferred certificates for 8 sitios and 100 labors in Dominguez Grant to Houston to use to buy the above for which Houston is to pay 1/2 in a year.
10. Memorandum concerning settlement by note of cost of land transferred to Houston, June 1, 1832.
11. James Prentiss, New York, to Sam Houston, June 4, 1832. When Houston left, Prentiss forgot to give him maps and pamphlets. These he will send. Explains the details of Arkansas & Texas Land Co. scrip he has given him. Says he may decline the deal and send it back. Also must decide about the Dominguez scrip and Galveston Bay Co. scrip. Wants to hear about Houston's trial.
11a. Enclosed sheet listing places and persons with symbols.
12. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, New York, June 9, 1832. Concerns Prentiss's son, Mr Clinton's appointment, the Bank Bill, General Mason, opinions as to the future of Texas, his trip to Texas, and land holdings.
13. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, New York, June 12, 1832. People are questioning him about terms, but he says nothing and will not dispose of any scrip.
14. [James Prentiss], New York, to Sam Houston, June 13, 1832. Funds are ready. Will get small amount for expenses of a companion. Still wants him to wait for General Mason and his news. Discusses land deals and says Beales has received a 6-year extension on land that was to expire. Mentions son, Clinton, Bank Bill, and requests information on any other pertinent topics. Includes a cypher.
15. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, New York, June 16, 1832. Anxious to be off. No word from General Mason. They should not trust Mr. Pearse.
16. John A. Wharton, New Orleans, to Sam Houston, Washington, June 2, 1832. [Enclosed in letter to James Prentiss of June 16, 1832.] Letter of support in his trial in the House. Will be with the Texans when they are ready for action. Asks Houston to procure a passport for him. Wonders if he should apply to be secretary of legation to Mexico.
17. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, New York, June 17, 1832. Concerns effort to obtain grant for navigation of the Rio Grande del Norte. Should use names of Banker Bradley and Congressman Sam P. Carson instead of Mr. R. Pearse who has acted badly toward General Arnold. Discusses his trial. Will furnish inducement to Mr. Noland.
18. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, New York, June 20, 1832. No need to wait for General Mason. Has all ready to set out at a moment's notice.
19. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, June 27, 1832. To be tried tomorrow. Has a friend, Carson of North Carolina, who would like a share of his share if this is possible. "That fool Butler [minister to Mexico] is cutting some capers."
20. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, June 28, 1832. Was fined $500 along party lines. Will be off. Mentions "dubious gentlemen," Butler and Miller, Mason who has not arrived, Prentiss's son whom he did not meet, and "poor Pearse" for whom he has done what he could.
21. Sam Houston, Washington, to James Prentiss, New York, July 10, 1832. Will be off tomorrow or the next day. Repeats his feelings about Mason and Butler. Will return scrip if he thinks he can't do anything with it. His friend Major Carson has already left so will not be accompanying him. His answer to the report of the committee on the fraud matter is in tomorrow's Globe. Stanbery may be expelled tomorrow. The Bank Bill will be vetoed.
22. Sam Houston, Washington, to Daniel Jackson, New York, July 12, 1832. Is ill, but will start out for Nashville tomorrow. If plan goes through, money will be sent Houston. Houston will pay his debt later. if plan does not progress, he will go on his own but not take advantage of his knowledge to use against friends. No news from General Mason and is skeptical about the good Mason can do.
23. James Prentiss, New York, to Sam Houston, Nashville, July 31, 1832. Cholera epidemic has made it impossible to do business. Can't get the money for Houston. General Mason returned and advises they wait, but he disagrees. Mason got extensions of grants, was with Austin in Saltillo. Houston should not leave until he hears from Prentiss again.
24. [James Prentiss], New York, to Sam Houston [Nashville], August 18, 1832. Cholera is still raging; still can't do business. Pearse says he has been suspended because of withdrawal of General Arnold's recommendation and has done no wrong. Asks for a statement of the facts.
25. Sam Houston, Nashville, to James Prentiss, New York, August 18, 1832. Needs money. Will leave for the Arkansas on the last day of the month where he has $1800 due him. Has heard from friends that Texas is a "prosperous and lovely region." Needs a settled government to attract settlers.
26. Sam Houston, Nashville, to James Prentiss, September 11, 1832. Answers query as to Pearse's wrong doing. Since no funds have arrived, he will leave scrip behind and depart. Will carry out their personal agreement about the Leftwich Grant but cannot work for company since he has no money or instructions.
27. Sam Houston, Nashville, to James Prentiss, New York, September 15, 1832. Is leaving in the morning. Things have not turned out well. Has sent a receipt for scrip and wants notes returned. If money and instructions have been sent, they will be forwarded.
28. James Prentiss, New York, to Sam Houston, March 8, 1834. Asks if U.S. will honor Mexican land grants and what U.S. views on Texas are. Repeats news of Texas, especially about Austin and Mexia, and hopes still to secure Houston's services.
29. Sam Houston, New York, to James Prentiss, March 28, 1834. Is not and has never been employed by any land company or persons concerning Texas lands. States terms under which he would accept such employment.
30. James Prentiss, New York, to Sam Houston, April 1, 1834. Sorry he cannot get Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company people to pay Houston's required fee. Houston may locate the two leagues and fifty sitios they hold together. Houston should make profit selling
31. Sam Houston, Washington, D.C., to James Prentiss, New York, April 11, 1834. Will take care of business of Prentiss and his brother. Would accept less to work for the company since he is hard up for money. Asks Prentiss to get a map that he left at City Hotel in New York and send it to him. Has heard that Austin is home.
32. James Prentiss, New York, to Sam Houston, April 15, 1834. Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company has given General Mason instructions about agents, and Houston must apply to him. Letter from Mexico dated February 13 says Austin is there in prison. Wishes information about anything concerning owners of grants. Sent map.
33. Sam Houston, Washington, D.C., to James Prentiss, New York, April 20, 1834. Prophesies that Texas will be a sovereign state within one year and separate from Mexico in three. Butler reports revolution in Mexico. "Santa Ana [sic] aspires to the Purple." Will leave for the West on Thursday.
34. Sam Houston, Washington, D.C., to James Prentiss, New York, April 24, 1834. Land company will need him more than he will want them. Texas cannot remain as she is but will not be acquired by treaty by U.S. during General Jackson's administration, for senate would not ratify such a treaty. Houston will pursue a course for "the true interests of Texas" and "to preserve her integrity to the Confederacy of Mexico."
35. Autograph by Sam Houston and handwritten note, 1846 and undated, concerning the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, John Howard Harris. Note briefly discusses Houston's role in the Texas Revolution and the defeat of Santa Anna.
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