Sam Houston 1848 Autograph Letter Signed as Texas Senator To Thomas William Ward in Austin, four pages, 8" x 10", Washington, June 1, 1848, with third leaf with file notation and synopsis in Ward's hand. Ward was an interesting character of early Texas history. He was better known as "Peg Leg" Ward, having lost a leg fighting for the freedom of Texas in the taking of San Antonio in 1835. In reward for his patriotism, he was made commissioner of the land office. Later, while firing a ceremonial salute, the cannon prematurely discharged causing Ward to lose his right arm and eye. He learned to write left-handed and was able to continue in his office. Houston writes to Ward that he wants the money owed to him transmitted by "safe hands" to his wife in Texas. He comments: "If you, Colonel, had been less honest, you would have had fewer enemies." Houston refers to fellow Texan Senator, Thomas Rusk, as "a great man, and a noble fellow." He praises Ward's contributions to Texas, saying that his merits "have been useful to Texas and saved her millions of woes and money!!!" Houston closes the letter with a bold signature and then adds a hurried postscript informing Ward of the birth of his third child, "A fine babe," after which he signs again "Houston". Browned with some splitting at folds, old paper reinforcements, else fine. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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