James Smith Letter of Introduction by General Sam Houston

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James Smith Letter of Introduction by General Sam Houston

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James Smith Letter of Introduction by General Sam Houston

On the Envelope [not a full envelope, just a copy of the writing]:

To Mr. James Prentiss
Wall Street
New York

[left bottom section: Col Smith]

[Letter body]:

Nacogdoches
9th Apr 1835

Dear Sir,
Colonel James Smith, a friend of mine, will hand you this letter. He visits your city with a view of transacting business, and any information* which you may have at your command, I hope you will be kind enough to impart to him, to forward him in his business.

Colonel Smith is a Gentleman and any civilities which you may be so kind as to extend to him, will be gratefully received by him, and appreciated by your oft [?] s___ [?] & friend.

Sam Houston
[scrawl]

Mr. James Prentiss

*Spelling corrected

Note: James Prentiss was apparently a land speculator and broker. In the July 1973 Texas Monthly page 3 is an article by Bill Porterfield:

Sam Houston, Warts and All
"Lawyer and speculator Houston's best client was the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company, whose offices included New Yorkers James Prentiss and Samuel Swartout."

Two articles about James Prentiss are in the Handbook of Texas online:

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/view/PP/fpr24.html

This article about the Union Land Company in Texas mentions him.-I don't know if James Smith had anything to do with these dealings or not, but the article is interesting:

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/view/UU/ufu1.html


Source from collection:
Sam Houston Papers, 1814-1957, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. Letter scanned from a copy found in the collections in the Center for American History, the University of Texas at Austin

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2E250
General correspondence, 1815, 1835-1843
General correspondence, 1844-1863 and undated

Date Taken: 9 Apr 1835

Place Taken: Nacogdoches, Texas

Owner: Center for American History, the University of Texas at Austin

Contributed by Sandra Smith Gwilliam, February 2003
Copyright 2003, Sandra Smith Gwilliam, All Rights Reserved.

 

 
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