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    Sam Houston 1826 Autograph Letter Signed to William J. Worth What a unique item for the collector of Texas historical material! The writer and the recipient of this letter both have major Texas cities named after them - Houston and Fort Worth. A three page letter / stampless cover, 8" x 10" in size, written and postally cancelled at Washington, December 17, 1826, signed twice - once at closing and once as a free frank. A long and personal letter (in part): "My dear Worth, Your kindness was unavailing in my clothes matter. W. Wilton failed to fit me. I had waited - got no clothes... Make my kindest regards to Madam and your Sister - kiss the little Gals for me..." At the time of writing, Sam Houston was a Congressman from Tennessee. He later, of course, moved to Texas and became president of the Republic after defeating Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. When Texas joined the Union, he was a Senator for three terms, then governor. At the start of the Civil War, Houston refused to pledge allegiance to the Confederate States of America and was discharged as governor. He died two years later in Huntsville, Texas. William Jenkins Worth was an Army officer, serving with distinction in the War of 1812 and later becoming commandant of cadets and instructor of infantry tactics at West Point (1820-28). This letter was written to him during this period and was addressed to West Point. He later fought against the Seminoles and in the Mexican War where he was the first American to enter Mexico City, receiving the surrender of the capital. In 1848 he was given command of the Department of Texas, but his career was cut short by cholera. He died in 1849 in San Antonio. The letter is in very good condition, light toning, a few small tears and one area of paper loss from the wax seal which is still present. Very desirable. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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