The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 91, July 1987 - April, 1988 Page: 388
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The volume is entitled "The Private Executive Records of the Second
Term of Houston's Administration as President of the Republic of
Texas." Until the presentation to the Sam Houston Center, it had never
been out of the Houston family. The volume contains Houston's public
and private letters, speeches, legal documents, official appointments,
legislative messages, veto messages, and proclamations from Decem-
ber 13, 1841, to December 9, 1844, when Houston was serving his sec-
ond term as president of the Republic. Among the copies of letters to
major figures of the period are ones to Andrew Jackson, Francis R.
Lubbock, G. W. Hockley, Edward Burleson, James Davis, Joseph L.
Ellis, Anson Jones, Dr. Ashbel Smith, Thomas J. Rusk, Gail Borden,
James Morgan, and Antonio L6pez de Santa Anna. The last document
recorded is Houston's speech on his retirement from the presidency,
delivered to the members of Congress at Washington-on-the-Brazos on
December 9, 1844.
Since there was no carbon paper available, most of the letters and
other documents were copied into the volume by Houston's personal
secretary, Washington D. Miller. A few of the letters appear to be
in Houston's handwriting, according to Robert L. Schaadt, director-
archivist at the center, but every document is signed with the well-
known signature of President Houston. A photographic copy of the
571 pages will be available to researchers in order to preserve the
The Sam Houston Center, a part of the Local Records Division of the
Texas State Library, is the state historical depository for ten Southeast
Texas counties. Of the twenty-four statewide depositories operated by
the Texas State Library and Archives commission, the one at Liberty is
the largest and the only one with its own separate building. It is located
three miles north of Liberty on Governor's Road, west of State Highway
146. For further information contact Robert L. Schaadt, Sam Houston
Center, P.O. Box 989, Liberty 77575 (telephone 409/336-7097).
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