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Houston, Sam, 1793-1863. Petition for divorce - Transcript, page 1. November 30, 1833. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 13, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/earlytex/item/16/show/13.

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Title Petition for divorce
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Date November 30, 1833
Description Petition for divorce in the Free State of Coahuila y Texas, District of Ayish, submitted by Samuel Houston to request divorce from his wife, Eliza H. Allen.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Texas--History--To 1846
  • Mexico--History
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Mexican Colonial Era
  • Coahuila and Texas
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
  • Allen, Eliza, 1809-1862
Genre (AAT)
  • legal documents
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1973-001, Box 1, Folder 66
Original Collection Early Texas Documents Collection
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript Free State of Coahuila Texas^ District of Ayish \ To William McFarland Esquire Alcade in and for said district: The petition of Samuel Houston of said district, respectfully represents to your Honor that your petitioner was formerly a citizen of Davidson County, State of Tennessee, one of the United States of the North. That on the eighteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thou sand eight hundred and twenty nine, he interm arried with Miss Eliza H Allen of Sumner County in said last mentioned State. That on the fifteen th day of April next thereafter, a seperation Csic3 took place between your said petitioner and his said wife, and that they have never met Since. Nor, can they ever meet again. Your petitioner would further beg civilized leave to represent to your Honor that most Co untries have unaccountably adopted much of (page 2) doctrine of the of the Canon law in relation to marriage. The fopperies and quaint conceits indulged by that law with such mysterious reverence for the nuptial tie, which its votaries, by it, alone had the right to celebrate, to censure, or to dissolve, added to their nauseous and repulsive practise of taking confiss OsicU ions have ever been a fruitful and never ending source of domestic strife in all countries that followed have arinpfcuri its precepts. And those feuds engen dered and promoted by themselves, they have not failed to declare, the accomplishment of the decrees of divine justice — that a mysterious God was then exercising his incomprehensible judgements — that he had pronounced a secret malediction against the disputents Csic3 for some fcet undiscover ed sins & ?tg Thus these efficients at the altar were continually inventing fresh absurdities for their ambition and cupidity to feed upon. And thus, the sanctuary of hyman Oic3 had been polluted by the ceremonial of cant and jargon. But, it belongs to the present enlightened age, to confound the declamatory sorceries of false wisdom and hypo critical piety, and avenge man of his decisions, and