A handwritten document written (from his Senate seat) by the first President of The Republic of Texas, to his wife, Margaret Lea Houston (addressed to “Mrs. Houston). The document is signed at the conclusion “Houston” by Sam Houston.
Four pages on two adjoining sheets (written front and back), measuring 8″ x 9.5″. On Washington letterhead, dated January 21, 1859.
The letter reads in full: “My dear Love, It is raining finely this morning, after three days of beautiful weather, and now we may look for rain, snow and sleet. On yesterday our niece, Sally Houston, arrived with her uncle, Mr. Ball. She is a smart girl & I suppose performs perfectly in the Piano, and sings like a thrush. I have heard her play one song, but you know that I am no judge, and if I hear her sing another, it will be accidental, for I have not time for music. I learn that the ladies went to the concert and heard an unpronounceable lady preform [sic] on the Piano and sing. I think it was “Piccoi lamini.” As I do not go into such crowds I can tell you nothing more about her or the concert. I send you my Dear, a Poem, which you will agree throws most poetry in the shade. I wish you would get Sam’s opinion on its merits, for they are rare. I am in my seat in the Senate, and tho [sic] the Senate has not met, the time approaches fast when it will meet and cut off my letter. Today, I am to dine with the President and I assure you it is not a pleasant duty, as it will place me in stays, as well as cause me to loose my “cream” and cut my meats, or get nothing to eat. I have only dined out once, & that I could not forgo as there were ladies to be at the table! There is only one Lady I could mention that I would freely live on bread and water for a month, If I could have the pleasure of taking one quick meal with her. You can, perhaps, fancy who she is, and I am sure, you will not censure my taste, or think the sacrifice too great, for the pleasure I would have in meeting the Lady. You will readily recognize the Lady without my naming her. If it were need full I would tell you her name. Tell Maggie that I was starting out to get her a book, as it began to rain. I will not neglect her request. Oh, I would be so happy if I could be at home to hear the rain patter on the roof. It is now pattering on the skyline of the Chamber, [Senate] and it is most provokingly enchanting when I fancy how much more sweetly my time would pass were I at home. Thy Devoted Houston.”
In good condition, with overall toning and staining, separations at horizontal folds that have been professionally repaired, and a light vertical fold through a letter of the signature.
Museum-quality frame included in price (not pictured).
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Attracted to the struggle for Texan independence, he led the Texan army at the battle of San Jacinto and became the first president of the Republic of Texas. After the admission of Texas as a state, he became a senator. He was the governor of Texas, but was deposed when he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederate States of America.