All four signatures of the 1853 U.S. Congressional Texas delegation, including Sam Houston and Thomas Rusk

    Sam Houston and Thomas Rusk Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 10", March 21, 1853, Washington. All four congressional delegates, Senators Houston and Rusk and Representatives Richardson Scurry and Volney E. Howard, have signed this recommendation to an unnamed government bureaucrat to use the Galveston Civilian for posting government notices. The Civilian was a weekly newspaper published between 1838 and 1886 with a history of supporting Sam Houston. In full:

    We recommend the "Civilian" as the only Democratic paper in Galveston, and a suitable one in which to advertize any notices required to be published by the several departments of Government.
    Yours Respectfully,
    V. E. Howard
    Sam Houston
    R Scurry
    Tho J Rusk
    Please note and warrant to Post Office Department

    The year after this letter was written, Houston, a very independent Democrat who feared the radical Southern party members, voted against the party by opposing the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Docketed on verso. Of the four signatures on this letter, Houston's is by far the largest. Toned with smoothed folds. Housed in an attractive four-fold portfolio with flaps; the title, "Sam Houston & Thomas Rusk Letter 1853", appears in gilt on spine. Fine.

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