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    Sam Houston Autograph Docket (Unsigned) on an invitation from Democratic leaders in Orange County, Virginia, to "partake of our hospitality" at a "[Democratic Party] mass meeting." One page, 8" x 10", July 12, 1848, Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia. During his second year as a U.S. senator from Texas, the hero of the Texas Revolution received this invitation, which he has docketed below his address ("Senator Houston/ Washington City/ D.C."): "From 1848 A Committee of Invitation from Orange Co Va John Willis & others." The invitation reads in full: "The undersigned have been appointed a committee by our fellow citizens of Orange to invite such gentlemen of the Democratic Party to partake of our hospitals on the occasion of a mass meeting to be held at Orange Ct. House on the 28th and 29th of the present month, as we may deem advisable. The distinguished position you hold in the esteem and affections of our countrymen as an able and zealous advocate of the true doctrines and just rights of our country, designates you as one of those whom we shall be most happy cordially to welcome amongst us. We beg your acceptance of our invitation and that we may hear from you by letter addressed to the committee at Gordonsville. A conveyance will be in readiness at the latter place for your accommodation on the 27th should you come by stage or railroad." The letter is signed "Respectfully & Faithfully yrs" by Gordonsville leaders John Willis, James Newman, Edmund Henshaw, James B. Newman, and John M. Chapman. Sam Houston spent his first fourteen years on his father's plantation near Lexington, Virginia, 111 miles from Gordonsville, before the family moved to Tennessee. Encapsulated in mylar, this letter is toned with dampstaining. Minor separation along folds. Near very good.

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