This collection ranges from a pre-Texas letter written by Sam Houston to a friend in South Carolina in 1828, to newspaper articles describing Houston's position on the issue of secession. There are fifty-two individual items including military orders, political appointments, authorizations of payments to individuals for service to the Republic, payment to Indian Agents, and official proclamations with signatures of other high government officials in the service of the republic, such as Anson Jones and George W. Terrell, Indian Commissioner. Notable is a letter from James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, to Sam Houston. Also included is "SAMUEL HOUSTON" by W. J. Edwards, an engraving derived from a daguerreotype, ca. 1848.