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    [Sam Houston]. Political Content Letter Recounting Sam Houston's Attack of a U.S. Congressman in 1832. Four pages, 8" x 9.75"; Washington; May 15, 1832. A letter from John M. Creed giving an account of Houston's being brought up on charges for beating William Stanbery of Ohio. Stanbery had given an anti-Jacksonian speech in Congress, leveling ugly accusations against Houston. After Stanbery refused to respond to Houston's letters, Houston confronted Stanbery and beat him with a hickory cane. Houston was brought up on charges, but according to Creed's letter, the trial and subsequent punishment "was all a mere farce and was tantamount to a victory for Houston." The letter then gives a detailed account of a related incident in which a Houston supporter, Morgan Heard, subsequently attacked Tennessee Congressman Thomas Dickens Arnold. Heard drew a firearm, which misfired; and Arnold gave him a severe beating with his walking stick. Great content.

    Condition: Gently toned with the usual mail folds. Remnants of the wax seal on pages 3 and 4.

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