Extremely rare and early letter from Louisville, Texas dated 1840. These early Texas letters are extremely rare. Considering Texas did not gain independence until 1845, this letter is quite rare. Written by a Rachel Crossman to her mother back home. She writes that they are keeping a small store and public house on San Jacinto Bay just six miles from the battlefield. Rachel discusses the store, boarding guests and her home as well as stating “Suppose you are like all the other folks you think that the people of Texas are all evile and a lot of robers and cut throats but it is a mistake….”. Rachel ends with “In about 6 months we will have another one or other boy or give” indicating that she was pregnant at the time. The Crossman’s would become some of the first settlers of Gavelston, Texas. There is some separation to letter along the folds but the entire letter has been laminated which can be easily removed by a conservator. Very rare early Texas letter!