TO JOSEPH McMINN | TO ANDREW JACKSON
TO JOHN ALLEN | RESIGNATION
Nashville 15th Feby 1823
Your letter has remained unanswered longer than my wishes dictated
by my situation required that I should do things that kept me busy,
and I wished to say more in answer, than, "I am happy to acknowledge
the receipt of your letter" of such a date. I was happy to
receive it and attended immediately to the executive part of it;
I folded and sent the first Whig myself, and requested Norvile
to say where the deposit for it should be made; and he said it
might be sent to him at this place!
Permit me to assure you Governor, that in my advancement (which
you have been pleased to notice) I can never be unmindful that in
the commencement of my career you were not an inefficient friend.
No, Sir, on the contrary, I reflect with pleasure, that you placed
me in a situation, that has had its influence in my elevation. I
am happy that you have always considered the appointment of Eaton,
Graham & myself at fit, and fortunate to your administration,
and not unfortunate to the community of which you were the head.
I do not pretend to say these cou'd not have been better'd but whether
or not, I will endeavor in life to act in such manner as will shield
my friends from all imputation on my account. In affairs of men,
too, I am satisfied there must be a conducting Providence! I am the
more satisfied of this fact, where I advert to my past life and behold
the changes which have taken place with myself. Five
years since I came to this place, without education more than ordinary—without
friends—without cash—and almost without acquaintances-consequently
without credit. And here among talents and distinction I have made
my stand! Or the people have made it for me.
I have no opposition yet for congress, nor is it probably I will
have any—It is not by the consent of all parties, or persons that
I have none, for you must know I have sined in obtaining at my present
appointment, and can never be forgiven! They smile at me, and seem
kind, but like the rose there is a thorn under it.
You are a candidate for the Senate of the State. I hope you will
have no difficulty in obtaining a seat there. It will give me great
pleasure to see you there. You will recollect what we have spoken
of in former times. I will expect you to answer this letter soon,
and I will say some things omited in this.
Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The
Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863 (Austin, Tex.: Pemberton Press, 1970).
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