Sam Houston, Jr. Autograph Letter Signed, 1894

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 16, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House

Sam Houston, Jr. (1843-1894). Soldier, physician, and author, the eldest of eight children of Sam and Margaret Moffette (Lea) Houston, was born at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas, on May 25, 1843. After being taught by his mother and tutors, he entered Bastrop Military Institute (later Texas Military Institute, Austin), but interrupted his studies to join the Confederate Army in 1861. He took part in the battle of Shiloh and, after being taken prisoner t, spent several months as a prisoner at Camp Douglas. Upon his return from the Civil War he studied for a time at Baylor University in Independence. In 1867 he entered medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced medicine for a time but later abandoned it for writing. Sam Houston's Rambling Rustlings , a collection of his articles and short stories, is a rare find in a collection of Texana. In 1875, Houston married Lucy Anderson of Georgetown, Texas. Three children were born of this marriage. After his wife's death in 1886, Houston, saddened and discouraged, went to live with his sister Margaret, Mrs. Weston Williams, at Independence. He died t on May 20, 1894, and was buried in the City Cemetery of Independence. His signature on a remarkable 2 page autograph letter signed. He responds to a request for his father's autograph with an autograph letter (no longer present) and he discusses ancient artifacts including an Aztec idol that he donated to the Smithsonian. He also requests a price for a clean $100 Confederate bill. Written on the letterhead of the Texas Benevolent Association, and dated at Waco 2.3.1884. Some very minor age toning, but dark blue ink and very easily read. Certificate of Authenticity from Pages of History provides a lifetime guarantee of authenticity. We are full time autograph and document dealers registered with the UACC (#036), and members of the Manuscript Society. Buyer pays $3 shipping for delivery within the US and actual charges for delivery to other countries. We will combine shipping on multiple purchases. Payments from outside the US must be by Pay Pal, Bid Pay, International Money Orders payable in US dollars, or in US currency. Optional insurance is available at my cost for US deliveries only. We regret that we cannot be responsible for loss or damage on uninsured lots.

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