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Houston, Sam (1793-1863) Clerical copy of letter to Thomas Smith & Eli Chandler re:archives

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02145.03 Author/Creator: Houston, Sam (1793-1863) Place Written: Washington, [Texas] Type: Manuscript Date: 1842/12/10 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Instructions regarding removal of archives mentioning wagons and ways to hide their purpose. Also mentions threats made against moving the archives.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Texas, Government and Civics, Mobs and Riots, Rebellion, American West, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Military History, Latin and South America, Transportation

Sub Era: Age of Jackson