A lively letter from Houston to New York that with considerable information about an average Texan’s concern that President Sam Houston was preparing to turn traitor and sell out the Republic to British and Mexican interests
A lively letter from Houston to New York that with considerable information about an average Texan’s concern that President Sam Houston was preparing to turn traitor and sell out the Republic to British and Mexican interests

A lively letter from Houston to New York that with considerable information about an average Texan’s concern that President Sam Houston was preparing to turn traitor and sell out the Republic to British and Mexican interests

Houston: 1843. Unbound. This four-page folded letter measures 15.5” x 9.5” unfolded. It is datelined “Houston 4th Dec. 1843” with a second date, “Dec. 6th” in a postscript. The letter bears a circular red postmark reading “New-York / Jan 12.” A blue manuscript annotation, which appears to read “18½” (the U.S. postal rate for delivery of mail between 150 and 400 miles) is in the upper right corner. In nice shape with a few small separations along mailing folds. Very good. Item #009243

Perkins provides a fascinating discourse on the average Texan’s concern about President Sam Houston:

“With regard to our future prospects . . . we are looking forward to a restoration or annexation both national & domestic. Nationally to the next U.S. Congress for relief and hoping and believing that their eyes have been opened to the true policy of England. Our Rulers are undoubtedly opposed to annexation (I mean our President [Sam Houston]) but were a vote to be taken seven eighths would say “Aye” – Our President is openly charged with being secretly at work with the British Minister to Texas (Capt. Elliott) in bringing about an arrangement which we shall come under the protection of that Government – which will eventually result in the sale of Texas to E., a very desirable ‘neck of the woods’ this, to England – it would enable her to say to the U.S. your bounds are marked – can it be possible that the U.S. will allow this. – Genl Murphy the U.S. Minister to this country has lately made known some facts which are the subject of general conversation among others that he has obtained copies of a correspondence between Houston, Capt. Elliott and Santa Anna, whereby Houston is to acknowledge the sovereignty of Mexico, as soon as that is done we are to be handed over to England by Mexico in payment of the Mexican debt to E. Houston is to be appointed Gov Genl for life. We cannot but fear that there is traitorous conduct a foot. Genl. M. says that Sam Houston will prove a Benedict Arnold, this is certainly very severe and it is not to be supposed he would make an assertion of the kind, if there were not grounds for it. . . . all I can say is 'save Lord or we perish.'”

Many historians contend that Houston’s machinations with England and Mexico were intended to drive the U.S. into annexing Texas. Nonetheless, they caused considerable consternation among the citizens of Texas. See “Hard Road to Texas: Texas Annexation, 1836-1845” online at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, “Diplomatic Relations of the Republic of Texas” and “Elliott Charles” in The Handbook of Texas Online at the Texas State Historical Association,

A fascinating record of the political turmoil in Texas just before its annexation. Quite scarce. As of 2019, OCLC shows only one institutional holding of a letter from a Texian discussing the possibility of annexation, and the description does not indicate if Houston’s questionable actions are discussed. Nothing similar is for sale in the trade, and there are no similar auction records at the Rare Book Hub.

Price: $850.00