A Month of Sundays by Kent Biffle

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At Horseshoe Bend, the Creeks gave Houston three severe wounds, one of which never completely healed. Rumor persists that the wound affected Houston's love life. Haley's looking into it. " Yes, if he were alive, Sam Houston would be the darling of the supermarket tabloids. He was star stuff. And his private life was wild and woolly. Moreover, there was that mysterious opium thing. On April 6, 1836, just a couple of weeks before the battle of San Jacinto won him lasting glory and won Texas independence, Page 19 General Houston wrote: "I am sorry that I am so wicked, for the prayers of the righteous shall prevail.

Burnet, interim president of Texas: "Nothing is wanting in Washington to procure an acknowledgment of our independence but official information.... All this should be sent immediately in an official form to the representatives of Texas in Washington (George C. " On November 18, 1836, Texas President Sam Houston appointed William Wharton minister plenipotentiary to the United States. At that time, Austin, by then the republic's secretary of state, sent Wharton a package of credentials and official papers.

Page 20 As everyone and Burnet knew, Houston had assaulted Stanberry in the street, disarmed him and thrashed him with a cane. Houston had been cited for contempt and tried before the House of Representatives. As the tale ran, on the night before closing arguments, Houston and some pals got drunk with the speaker of the House, who was acting as presiding judge in Houston's case. When Houston's attorneyFrancis Scott Key, no lesswas too hungover to function, Houston had relied on his own oratory and charm to escape punishment.

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