“You are notorious, in Texas as having reviled, traduced, calumniated, or threatened every man who has obtained any favorable reputation….”
226. [HOUSTON, SAMUEL]. HUNT, Memucan. Gen. Hunt’s Letter to Senator Sam Houston [caption title]. [Austin: William H. Cushney, 1849].  2-11 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (20.5 x 13.7), disbound. Fine with contemporary ownership of D.Y. Portis, early Texas lawyer and legislator (Handbook of Texas Online). Rare (OCLC locates six copies).
First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:422: “A scorching excoriation of Sam Houston…. A violent attack on Houston’s personal and public life. ‘You are notorious, in Texas as having reviled, traduced, calumniated, or threatened every man who has obtained any favorable reputation….’ This is only the warm-up.” Goodspeed 467:436 (this copy). Graff 2015. Sabin 33882. Vandale 92. Winkler 99 (attributes printing to Austin printer William H. Cushney).
As Houston was packing to return to Washington, his enemies planned this surprise attack. Hunt names over seventy prominent Texas gentlemen with fine reputations whom Houston has attacked and remarks: “It is, sir, proverbial in Texas, that the lowest compliment that can be bestowed on an old public officer, or an influential gentleman in private life in Texas, is, that Gen. Sam Houston has never denounced him” (p. 8). The immediate provocation for Hunt’s enmity is that Houston voted for the Oregon Bill, which had implications for slave-holding states, such as Texas. See Item 233 herein.
Copyright Dorothy Sloan 2009