Celebrating Houston County’s 175th Year
Houston County Courier
The following was printed in the Jan. 31, 1890 Crockett Weekly Courier published by W. B. Page, editor and Samuel Patton, printer. Letter from Sam Houston The courtesy of Dr. Jno. L. Hall enables the COU- RIER to give to the public for the fi rst time, we believe, an interesting letter from General Sam Houston. This letter was written from Ce- dar Point, bearing the date of November 10, 1841, on the eve of his departure for Austin to be inaugurated the second time as President of the Republic of Texas. It is valuable in the light of his- torical suggestions. Gen. Houston to Capt. John L. Hall, at Crockett in 1841 Cedar Point, December 10, 1841 Dear Sir: On yesterday we arrived at home and again look upon the beautiful Bay. I am sor- ry that I will have so short a time to enjoy at home. It is my intention to be on the way to Austin by the 1st of December. Mrs. Houston’s health is much improved since we left Crockett, but is not suffi ciently well to risk the climate of Austin this win- ter. I dislike leaving home, because Mrs. H. cannot ac- company me. The winter would be dreary enough in Austin with all the comforts that could be commanded with a family. Without one, the only resource of happi- ness will be - business. I will be reasonably misera- ble and should contemplate the time as lost if it were not that I hope to do my country some service. God knows it needs something to be done for it. If anything that I can do will be of advantage to Texas, or, by possibility, relieve her from pressure, I will find myself richly rewarded for any pains or cares that I may endure in my trip to the frontiers. Our navy has not yet started, and if it could be of any use to us I would be glad that it should not go. If it should sail, you may rely upon it that it will be the last of our navy. That it will be in the hands of Santa Anna in ninety days, I would be willing to wager a trifle. I would not be surprised if it should turn out that the whole revolution in Yucatan was set on foot by Santa Anna, with a view to inveigle Lamar and get the navy in possession. The revolution was a bloodless one and soon ended. Moreover, Santa Anna has a great contempt for Lamar, and would be quite delighted to play a trick upon him. Besides, it would furnish Mexico with a navy, which she is not able to purchase, and have our whole coast at her mercy. We will see. Be pleased to make Mrs. Houston’s respects and mine to Mrs. Hall, and the ladies of our acquaintance. Salute all friends for us, and be assured of our best feelings and wishes for your happiness. Yours truly, Sam Houston CAPT. Jno L. HALL Request General Henderson, and Judge Terrell to be at Austin. The inauguration will take place the 13th of December. Say so-privately. Local News Mr. W. B. Sterling, agent for the McEwen piano and the Esteymond organ factories will make Crockett his headquarters. * * * The YMCA will give a free entertainment at the opera house Monday night. Professor W. B. Sterling will render several pieces on the violin. * * * Mr. A. LeGory informs us that he has lost about $3,500 worth of Jersey stock. * * * Christopher Valz, of Leon County and well known in this city, died last week of pneumonia. * * * The young men of Crockett gave a ball at the opera house on Monday night in honor of visiting young ladies. * * * John Johnson has opened a store on the San Antonio road near New Energy Church. The citizens of the neighborhood are trying to get a post office and a voting box for the general election at or near the same. * * * Major J. C. Wootters has been quite sick with La Grippe. * * * Lipscomb and Co. succeed R. L. Collins in the drug business, having bought the stock and fixtures last Saturday. * * * The post office building at Lovelady was burned down in the recent fire at that place. John I. Moore, postmaster, is putting up another in the same place. * * * Richard Doughlass, Jr., who was injured in the blow up of his mill a short time since, called on us last Saturday. He has just about recovered. * * * We are pleased to know that those who burned out at Lovelady have opened up again, or are preparing to do so. W. J. Murchison is occupying the Hemphill building and Jack Rains will soon have a house where the old one stood.