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Reverie, by Hubert Denis Etcheverry, c. 1930. © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY.
Volume VIII, Number 4 | fall 2015
As a member of a Cherokee delegation to Washington, DC, Sam Houston wore traditional loincloth and blanket to an 1818 meeting with Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, who was offended and chastised Houston for his dress. Twenty-two years later, between terms as president of the Republic of Texas, Houston wore such a blanket to meet Jean Pierre Isidore Alphonse Dubois, comte de Saligny, in Austin.
As bad a dresser as I am, anything beats being judged by my character.—David Sedaris, 1997
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