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    Sam Houston refers an inquirer to Yoakum's History of Texas

    Sam Houston Autograph Letter Signed as the seventh governor of Texas. One page, 6.25" x 8", Austin, May 28, 1860. Governor Houston deflects a question about Texas history from G. H. Martin of Lynn, Massachusetts, by referring him to Henderson King Yoakum's History of Texas. The letter reads, "For the information you desire, I can only refer you to 'Yoakums History of Texas,' published by 'Redfield Publishers' of New York. From that you will obtain all the information you can desire."

    Yoakum's two-volume, History of Texas, From Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846, was first published by Redfield Publishers in 1855. The historian had become close friends with Houston after Yoakum moved to Texas from Tennessee in 1845 and settled near Houston's home. Yoakum began writing the History, his only published writing, in 1850 while Houston was serving as a U.S. senator from Texas. Houston provided the writer with some primary source materials, including many letters which were published in the appendix of the second volume. Upon publication, History of Texas was criticized for a number of historical inaccuracies and for its overall lack of literary style. Many even condemned the book for being too biased in favor of Houston. But the History has been an important source for Texas historians throughout the years and is still praised for its scholarship and research.

    When Sam Houston was elected governor of Texas in 1859, he had the distinction of being the only person in U.S. history to serve as the governor of two different states (Tennessee, 1827-1829, and Texas, 1859-1861) and the only governor who also served as the head of a foreign state (president of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1838 and 1841-1844). This letter bears a bold "Sam Houston" signature. Toned with mat-burn around the edges. Some foxing with mounting remnants on the verso. Also included is an engraved image (overall size of 7" x 9").


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