Freemasonry in the RepublicGeorge K. Teulon Autograph Letter Signed to Fellow Freemason Edmund Burleson. ALS "George K. Teulon", 2pp. with attached integral address panel, 7.5" x 12.5", to General Edmund Burleson quoting from a letter written by Anson Jones regarding the candidacy for the Vice-Presidency during the 1841 election. He writes: " Deprecating as I do a division of the Western Interest on the Vice -Presidency and learning that you are about to go on an electioneering tour. I hasten to communicate to you the following extract from a letter of Hon. Anson Jones, in the hopes that it may lead to some concert to of action between the friends of the parties... 'Gen. Burleson's consenting to run has very much surprised me as I had supposed him absolutely determined and unwilling to consent. Of this I had the most positive assurances before I allowed my name to be used. My respect and attachment to the Gen has always been and still is such that it is with extreme regret I find myself in the attitude of this opposing candidate... I would much rather decline now than be the means of procuring his defeat by continuing a candidate, as I certainly esteem him as far preferable to Gen. [Memucan] Hunt, and one whose election would be more conducive to the best interests and welfare of our adopted country...'"Teulon goes on to suggest that Burleson arrange to meet with Jones and come to a mutual agreement about their candidacy. Teulon, Burleson and Jones were all Freemasons, and no doubt the cooperation requested is a means of securing the Vice-Presidency for the Freemasons. Sam Houston, as well as his opponent for the Presidency, David G. Burnet, were also Freemasons. Jones and Burleson would agree that Burleson would run for election; Burleson would go on to win the election by a ratio of 6 to 4 over Hunt. Burleson would later run, and lose, against Jones for the Presidency in the 1844 election.
Letter is fragile, and deeply toned. Usual folds, with separations thereat repaired; there is a .5 inch circular loss of paper where the wax seal has been opened.
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