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    Two Letters Addressed to Sam Houston. The first is a one-page letter with integral address cover, 7.25" x 9.25", Galveston, Texas; December 2, 1840. A letter from an anonymous correspondent (possibly Anthony Ganilh) concerning the 1838 novel entitled Mexico versus Texas, a Descriptive Novel, which was dedicated to Houston and was published in Philadelphia in 1838. Considered the first fiction written in English in Texas, the work was republished in New York in 1842 under the title Ambrosio de Letinez: or The First Texian Novel, by A. F. Myrtle, a pseudonym for Anthony Ganilh, who copyrighted the work in 1842. The book was advertised as a descriptive novel picturing the countries bordering on the Rio Grande, with most of the characters real persons and the incidents those of the Texas War of Independence. The work was dedicated "to His Excellency Samuel Houston, President of the Republic of Texas." This letter to Houston may have been written by Ganilh himself, as the docket information on the back of the letter seems to indicate.

    The second is a one-page letter, 8" x 7.75", December 25, 1842; from William H. Jack to Houston concerning the former canceling his Christmas dinner invitation.

    Condition: Both letters have the usual mail folds and show weakness at some folds, with separations and bits of paper loss. Both letters have filing dockets in an unknown hand.

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    Transcript of December 2, 1840 letter:


    The author of a work entitled "Mexico versus Texas etc." took, about three years ago, the liberty of dedicating it to you, without previous leave. The great distance he was from you was the reason of the breach of literary etiquette. His great desire of offering to you his tribute of admiration, for your valor and prudence, was not to be resisted. He has now a chance of offering you the very copy which was expressly bound for you, when the work was published in Philadelphia, about three years ago. The volume will be left with your lady, at Galveston.

    Vouchsafe to accept it as the first front of Texian literature. The author is so situated that he cannot possibly make himself known, without great inconvenience to some friends, of whose safety he must be charry, and, therefore, he begs leave still to remain anonymous."


    Transcript of December 25, 1842 letter:

    "My dear Genrl

    I have anticipated much pleasure in dinning with you to day. My health however is not good, and the day so uncomfortable, that you will please accept this as a sufficient apology. My kindest regards to your lady, and wishing her and yourself many a happy Christmas yet to come. I have the honor to be very respectfully

    Yours truly

    Wm. H. Jack"

    William Houston Jack (1806-1844), a native of Georgia, was a Texas revolutionary soldier and served in the legislature of the Republic of Texas. He moved from Georgia to Alabama in 1827 and began to practice law a year later. He moved to Texas in 1830 and died there from yellow fever in August of 1844.

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