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    [Texas Annexation]. Two Letters with Content. The first, dated April 6, 1844, is a two page letter from Charles A. Bullard, postmaster of Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he mentions a visit by President John Tyler and comments that the "annexation question is popular in sections of this country, and cannot fail to render the Presidents popularity greater than ever before." The second, a three page Ethan A. Hitchcock letter, dated June 22, 1844, from Fort Jesup, Louisiana, where he was stationed as part of John Tyler's Army of Observation: "The 'confidential' officer has been absent 4 or 5 days to report our force & position to Pres: Houston & open a communication." Both show folds, else fine.

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    Ethan Allen Hitchcock (1798-1870), the grandson of Revolutionary War general, Ethan Allen, was himself a career military officer. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1817 and served in the Seminole War, the Mexican War, and as a general in the Union Army during the Civil War. In the above letter, Allen had just arrived near Fort Jesup, on the Louisiana side of the border with the then-Republic of Texas. President John Tyler had ordered the bulk of the American army to Fort Jesup to protect the Texas Republic from an invasion by Mexico. The soldiers, who were known as the Army of Observation, would remain at Jesup throughout Tyler's presidency.

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