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    Representative Kaufman writes about turbulent Texas Republic elections

    [Texas Republic] David Spangler Kaufman Autograph Letter Signed "D. S. Spangler". Three pages, 8" x 10", September 16, 1839, San Augustin[e, Texas], to General Edward Burleson of Bastrop, Texas, concerning his own reelection as a representative of Nacogdoches County in the Third Congress of the Texas Republic and asking for the general's help in getting him elected as speaker of the House. While writing this letter, Kaufman (1813-1851) was "in attendance on the San Augustin District Court". He reports on "all our Eastern Election news", including news of Kaufman's own messy reelection: "You will see that I have been returned by a larger majority and had I been able to visit the whole county and contradict certain petty and malicious falsehoods circulated about me by one or two mercantile establishments, my majority would have been greatly increased. Many persons since the Election and since they have learned the falsehood of the Reports have expressed their regret at not voting for me and their great gratification at my triumphant Election."

    According to the letter, Kaufman was expected to "leave for Austin on the 25th of next month". He asked General Burleson if he could "find there any place where I will be able to stow my carcase [carcass] next winter. I trust you will reserve it for me. I intend to be a candidate for Speaker as I mentioned to you when I last saw you." Kaufman expected to win: "I am sure I will get every vote in the East and several middle and western votes." But he also had his doubts: "If [John Sutherland] Menefee is Elected I may have him to oppose but I trust to your influence . . . I shall depend upon your aid in the matter." Menefee was elected to represent Jackson County, but Kaufman would win speaker of the House.

    Kaufman was a Nacogdoches County lawyer and Indian fighter. A few months before writing this letter, he was injured at the Battle of the Neches, the last battle between whites and Cherokees in Texas; perhaps still nursing his wound, he ends this letter with "Times are peaceable here". After the annexation of Texas, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as the first Jewish Texan to serve in the U.S. Congress. Age-toned with remnants of the original red wax seal. A stain across the address on page four has bled-through all pages, though all text is readable. Some weakness at the folds. Near fine.


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