The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984 Page: 400
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Houston, who family tradition says feared the danger of stairwells,
arranged the doors to keep the children from wandering to the large
stair at night. At the Governor's Mansion he was to drive nails into
the bannister to keep the children from sliding on it.
Walter, whose sensitivity to materials was offended by shortcuts
even in this "cheap cottage," would not agree to using cloth stretched
over the raw studs of the walls: "I have provided for lining the entire
interior with planed boards, as it will be cheaper than planing the
timbers and covering with cloth;-besides, it will prevent sound from
passing so readily from one room to another, and will stiffen the
Houston took his plan, and in March, 1859, returned from Wash-
ington to Texas for good. In his and his wife's letters there is no
mention of the cottage. That spring they resided in Independence
with Houston's mother-in-law, renting out their own house to provide
needed income. As it happened, they were never to live in their In-
dependence house again. Summer found them on their own at Cedar
Point, with General Houston all of a sudden a candidate for governor.
He hardly campaigned at all and, in one of those strange turns of
events, won in the autumn election. In December the family was on
the road to Austin, she once again pregnant, and he prepared to begin
his heroic valedictory to politics as governor of Texas.14
The plans drawn by Walter were eventually lost, as were many of
Houston's papers. Only the sketches made by the architect for his own
record survive, the sole evidence of the house Sam Houston never
l1Walter to Houston, Feb. 25, 1859, Walter Papers.
14Friend, Sam Houston, 268, 30o, 30o9, 322-327.
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