in which he needed to explain his behavior and defend his character as
well as enlist his friends to defend both, so too did Houston find himself
so attacked and in need of supporters.
In Jackson's final months of life he wielded all of his influence to
persuade the American government to annex Texas. Jackson wanted
annexation on any terms. Houston wanted annexation, but only on his
terms. Houston disagreed with Jackson, but he would never quarrel with
him. When Jackson died Houston, more than any other of the Tennessee
lieutenants, lost a friend, an ally, a mentor, a kindred spirit, even a
surrogate father. The Houston-Jackson relationship provides strong
evidence of the importance above all else of loyalty to the leader. It
provides dramatic evidence of the oft-noted Jackson commitment to those
he trusted and of the old general's willingness to forgive errors and indeed
flaws of character so long as personal loyalty to him was unquestioned
and it served as still another example of how honor and interest
Donald Day &
Harry Herbert Ullom, eds., The Autobiography of Sam
Houston ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1954), 188-89.
Marquis James, The Raven ( New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1929), 357.
For details of Sam Houston's life see the two volumes noted above and
also, John Hoyt Williams, Sam Houston ( New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993),
and Amelia W. Williams and
Eugene C. Barker, The Writings of Sam Houston
( Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938-, 8 vols.).
John Spencer Bassett, Correspondence of Andrew Jackson
( Washington, DC: Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1926), Appendix, 478.
Bassett, Correspondence, Appendix, 480.
Bassett, Correspondence, vol. 6, 484-85.
Bassett, Correspondence, vol. 3, 290.
Bassett, Correspondence, vol. 4, 75.
Williams & Barker, Writings, vol. 1, 284.
Williams & Barker, Writings, vol. 2, 270.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Andrew Jackson and His Tennessee Lieutenants:A Study in Political Culture.
Contributors: Lorman A. Ratner - Author.
Publisher: Greenwood Press.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1997.
Page number: 107.
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