William Bryan Autograph Letter Signed, "Wm. Bryan", two pages with docketed integral address panel having oval Galveston stamp and marked "SHIP", 7.75" x 10", New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2, 1841, to Col. Ira R. Lewis, Matagorda, Texas. The letter reads in part, "... I assure you it will afford me pleasure to make your house my home while I remain at Matagorda as I am confident I cannot be so happy under any other roof - Yesterday I rec'd a letter from Col. Bee from Washington [D.C.].He writes as follows 'Gen Hamilton does not expect to have the other side until about the 3rd or 19th of October. He is still most sanguine of the loan but desires that no publication should be made; all will be well , depend upon it. With new loan, tho, he has had a hard time' although, a loan may be obtained, I am of your opinion, the terms will be so unfavorable, that our Republic will profit nothing from it...". William Bryan, an early Texian revolutionary, was serving as the new republic's Consul at New Orleans when he penned this letter. The recipient, Virginia-born Ira Lewis, was an attorney and soldier. It is interesting to note that Bryan here quotes South Carolinian Bernard Bee regarding loans to the infant Texas Republic. Some 20 years later, on the battlefield of First Manassas, Bee would utter the enduring observation that General Thomas Jackson was standing before the enemy "like a stonewall". Light toning, smoothed folds, very good condition. From the collection of Darrely Brown.

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