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Davy Crockett, King of the Auction House

A letter from David Crockett, drafted some six months before his death at the Alamo, is for sale.
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A letter from David Crockett, drafted some six months before his death at the Alamo, is for sale.

A letter written by famed frontiersman Davy Crockett on the eve of his trip to Texas is being sold at auction.

The letter, dated September 30, 1835, is Crockett’s reply to a dinner invitation. The reply was written while he was still living in Tennessee, before he moved to Texas and about six months before Crockett’s death in the Alamo, according to RR Auction.

Crockett had recently lost his seat in Congress and displayed his distaste for politics in the letter. He states his desire not to attend a political dinner and only accepts due to the social nature of the event.

RR Auction Vice President Bobby Livingston says the letter captures Crockett “at the crossroads of his life.”

“He’s been defeated for re-election as a congressman from Tennessee. He’s been vilified by the President, Andrew Jackson, and humiliated to his constituents, because David Crockett, at this time, was a very famous person already. His autobiography had been published; he was a national figure.”

In the letter, Crockett wrote that he would attend since he had recently announced "I never expect to offer my name again to the public for any office."

Livingston adds “We know that to be true, because around this time is when he started saying to people that famous quote that he used in his speeches: ‘You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas.’”

Bidding on the letter is underway online; it currently stands at a little over $27,000. Bidding ends May 16. 

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.