The Personal Correspondence of Sam Houston - Vol. 4

The Personal Correspondence of Sam Houston - Vol. 4

The Personal Correspondence of Sam Houston - Vol. 4

The Personal Correspondence of Sam Houston - Vol. 4

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The long awaited final volume in the set Volume IV of this series brings to a close nearly ten years of research & publication of Sam Houston's correspondence. Includes a comprehensive index of all four volumes.

Excerpt

This volume brings to a close nearly ten years of transcribing Sam Houston's correspondence. During that time I have discovered the names of many people who are not usually included in history books, but who were nevertheless an important part of Houston's life. Volume IV begins with the letters written as Senator Houston returns to Washington D. C., to serve in the second session of the Thirty-Second Congress.

As I worked with these letters, I could see in Houston's words as early as 1852 the approaching Civil War and his struggles to do something to prevent it.

His letters during the Civil War period, just prior to his death, reveal his opinions on military strategy and his pride and mixed emotions as his eldest son joins the Confederate Army.

Particularly appealing to me are Houston's letters to his older children in an attempt to instill values from afar that he could not instill in person. He continually encouraged them to study and often sent materials for their education.

Houston's short term as governor of Texas, from 1859-1861, is not well represented in letters because he had most of his family with him at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. Only Sam, Jr., who was away at school, was the recipient of letters during this time period.

A final observation based on these letters is how Houston's handwriting differed when he was in good health contrasted with that of when he was ill. It deteriorated so much during the last part of his life that his daughter Maggie wrote his letters for him. His signature grew weaker and weaker until he finally had her sign his name.

The enormous volume of correspondence written to Houston during his last decade created a problem of what to exclude. When a letter was an obvious reply to one of Houston's, I selected it. I also . . .

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