The Personal Correspondence of Sam Houston, Volume 1: 1839-1845 Page: 143
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8For a description of the Ball see Friend, 103, and Daily Bulletin, December 23,1841.
9The wedding of Congressman Moses F Roberts and Nancy Murray, December 20,
1841. Listed in Grammer, 76.
24th Dec 1841
My dearly beloved Margaret,
This moment my heart was greeted by your letter favor'd by Mr
Harris.1 Every endearing thought of you had been cherished by me
as they will ever remain. But I did not anticipate a letter at this time.
My whole heart rejoiced to learn that you are cheerful, in funds and
fine health! Oh my Love, these these [sic] assurances render me-I
had almost said happy, but no they can not, for you are not present!!!
I am gratified that you will be in easy circumstances until I can once
more embrace my beloved. I was unhappy from a fear that you might
wish to possess something not in your power to command. The apprehension
too that you might be again attacked by sickness and I
wou'd not [be] present to wait upon you, and comfort, and solace
you. Even the days of your affliction and sickness afford me some
pleasure when I recur to them. You said that my attentions were
kind and afforded you relief in your distress. Every evidence of affection
rendered by me and regarded by you must ever remain dear
to me. To sum up my affection for you, I can only say that with you,
I am happy and without you I cou'd feel no happiness. My Love is
boundless. My dear, you say that you passed a night with Mrs Reily,
and that your theme was your husbands etc! Maggy we are clever
fellows, you may be assured. We love back again. Last night, we
were at a wedding2 ten miles in the country and passed there for
first rate Gentlemen. The Major was my aid on the occasion and I
had one crutch with me, so I was well sustained. Mr Smith the Bridegroom
was a genteel man and well to do. The Bride was a pretty
being (nearly). Her hair was dark & her eyes. Her cheeks were ruddy
and her hight [sic] and form the perfect representatives of-Oh! I
wou'd say my dearest Maggy! In life I have not seen a greater resemblance
[sic] in figures. And what do you think? This morning,
she presented herself in a dress made and in colors just like your
silk dress worn by you the day after our union! I thought of your
143 : NOVEMBER 30, 1841-FEBRUARY 7, 1842
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