DescriptionTexas Revolution: Autograph Letter Signed Addressed to Ira Randolph Lewis, containing significant content on the final stages of the Texas Revolution. One and three-fourths pages, 7.75" x 9.75", New York, July 1, 1836. The unknown New York author of the letter has written "I. R. Lewis Esq./ Washington" below his own illegible signature on page two, but the letter is addressed on the address panel to "John R. Lewis Esq./ From Texas/ Washington." A large New York postmark appears next to the address.
The letter makes references to individuals killed at the Alamo, Revolutionary War heroes, Texian revolutionaries, the failed attempt to escort Santa Anna to Mexico City, and the Texian delegation to Washington. It reads in part:
"Thank God Texas is not yet altogether lost. The brave people, the honest people of Texas, have redeemed her character or rather saved it from everlasting infamy. The d - d scoundrels who planned and audaciously attempted to put in execution the plot for his escape (Santa Anna) have been foiled. [Joseph M.] Hawkins & [James M.] Brown have were immortalized themselves. Like [John] Paulding & [Isaac] Van Wart, who could not be bribed to let [Benedict] Arnold escape, they could not be commanded by that d - d old greedy [David] Burnet & his corrupt crew, to betray their country into the hands of the murderous Santa Anna. How my friend could [Lorenzo de] Zavala make so great a mistake as to advise such a measure? His going with him would only have ensured his death. There must have been treachery. The moment I heard of it, the day before yesterday, I wrote to Gen. Houston that nothing could harm the reputation of his country, but the destruction of the President & his advisors - off with their heads, d - d them, the scoundrels. . . . Texas should now elect Houston their President - what say you to that. [George C.] Childress has just been at my office door and then departed without my seeing him. I pray to God that you may succeed in getting Congress to act. I fear, unless that is done that the credit, in a pecuniary point of view, of Texas may be greatly endangered."
Ira Randolph Lewis, a Texas patriot and soldier, accompanied Texian delegate George C. Childress to Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1836 to secure recognition of the young republic from the United States. This letter is fragile with separations at some folds. Some paper loss, though no text loss, at central fold intersections.
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