This is a replica of the knife Sam Houston requested Mr. Hoffermill make for him, as stated in his letter to Hiram Brown. The knife was re-created by Crosby residents Freddie Mitchell and his son, Freddie Lee Mitchell, and was unveiled as part of the Humble Museum's 40th anniversary in 2016.
Sam Houston was a longtime soldier and politician who was crucial to the early development of Texas. He is the only American to be elected as governor of two different states in the United States, by serving as sixth governor of Tennessee and the seventh governor of Texas. Houston was the hero of the Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas won its independence from Mexico. After ending his political career, he retired to his home in Galveston, and later settled in Huntsville, Texas.
"20th June 1855
My Dear Sir,
I send you enclosed for Mr. Hoffermill a pattern of a knife, which he is to make for me. I want it to be from 12 to 14 inches in the blade, long, and about four inches wide, and to weigh about a pound & a half. The handle to be proportioned to the blade. He will be able to judge of what I want. It will be of good mettle, as I want it more for cutting wood, than flesh. You will please to forward the model I send, and read the letter to him. I am fearful I do not spell his name right. Write to me soon if you please.
My wife & self send our best regards to Mrs. Brown.
Truly thy Friend,