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Auction 11, Cartography
Rarities

Items 326-350

THE PENULTIMATE TEXAN DOCUMENT
THE TEXAS DECLARATION OF CAUSES

326. TEXAS (Provisional Government). CONSULTATION (November 1835). Declaration of the People of Texas, in General Convention Assembled. [Text begins]: Whereas, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, and other military chieftains, have, by force of arms, overthrown the Federal Institutions of Mexico, and dissolved the social compact which existed between Texas and the other members of the Mexican Confederacy; now the good People of Texas...Solemnly Declare.... San Felipe de Austin: Printed by Baker & Bordens, 1835. Small folio broadside, text printed within typographical border. A few minor very small clean splits to blank margin (no paper loss), two small repairs to blank corners above, otherwise fine. Rare, important, and an early Texas imprint of the highest consequence.
        First edition in English (published simultaneously in English and Spanish) of "one of the fundamental Texas documents, second only in importance to the Declaration of Independence of 1836, [which] declares that the people of Texas have taken up arms in defense of the principles of the Federal Mexican Constitution of 1824, denies the right of the present authorities of Mexico to govern in Texas, and declares that the Texans will not cease to carry on war against said authorities while their troops are in Texas" (Streeter 89). The English edition is much rarer than the Spanish version (Streeter locates five copies of the Spanish edition, and we know of another three copies in private hands; Streeter locates only two copies of the English language version).
($50,000-100,000)

 

 

FORMATION OF THE TEXAS MILIITIA 1835
SIGNED BY ELISHA M. PEASE, HENRY SMITH & JAMES W. ROBINSON

327. TEXAS (Provisional Government). GENERAL COUNCIL. Original manuscript document entitled "An Ordinance Regulating the Militia," dated at San Felipe de Austin, November 24, 1835, signed by Governor Henry Smith, James W. Robinson (as lieutenant-governor and ex-officio president of the General Council), and E. M. Pease (as secretary of the General Council). 2 pp., large folio. Condition rough with some small voids and marginal chipping occasionally affecting a word or letter. Extremely fragile-should be conserved and better protected.
        This highly important manuscript forming the Texas militia during the early stages of the Texas Revolution is signed by three early Texans who were at the very center of events leading to the formation of the Republic of Texas. The Handbook of Texas Online (Army of the Republic of Texas): "The Army of the Republic of Texas was the direct lineal descendant of the revolutionary army improvised during the war for independence from Mexico. Though the urgency of military necessity during the revolution never allowed the formation of a regular Texas army, the provisional government was able to keep the 'Volunteer Army of the People'-spontaneously organized during the first stages of the revolution-in the field and to make efforts to augment and improve its efficiency. These included the formation, at least on paper, of a regular army. The Consultation of November 1835 urged the formation of a force of regulars with an organizational and command structure patterned after that of the United States Army, and less than two weeks later the provisional government authorized the formation of a permanent regular army."
($10,000-20,000)

 

ONE OF THE FEW IMPRINTS RELATING TO MARITIME ACTIVITIES OF REVOLUTIONARY TEXAS

328. TEXAS (Provisional Government). GOVERNOR (Henry Smith). [Printed document, completed in manuscript, signed, commencing]: An Ordinance & Decree, Supplementary to an Ordinance and Decree, entitled, "An Ordinance and Decree Granting Letters of Marque and Reprisal...." Dated November 25th, 1835. San Felipe de Austin: Printed by Baker & Bordens, November 30th, 1835. Small folio broadside printed in two columns. Signed by Governor Henry Smith, James W. Robinson (as lieutenant-governor and ex-officio president of the General Council), E. M. Pease (as secretary of the General Council), and Charles B. Stewart (as secretary to the executive). Slight wear and a few minor splits and one small chip to blank margins, some foxing. Old red wax seals at top. Exceedingly rare. One of the earliest Baker & Borden imprints.
        First printing of one of the few imprints relating to maritime activities of revolutionary Texas. Streeter 100. This ordinance and decree supplements the original ordinance of November 25 relating to letters of marque and reprisal, whereby private citizens in Texas were authorized to seize Mexican vessels. According to Dienst (The Navy of the Republic of Texas, pp. 14-18) the duly authorized privateer would be allowed to retain ninety percent of the seizure. Two ordinances were passed in November 1835, one establishing a Texas Navy, the other authorizing letters of marque. As the provisional government had no funds to raise an army or navy, privateers were the obvious course chosen to disrupt Mexican shipping. Streeter enters the original (99) and this amended ordinance (100) for granting letters of marque, stating that three blank commissions each were to be issued to Thomas F. McKinney and Silas Dinsmore and not more than six blank commissions to Samuel Whiting. The privateers were to fly the flag of the Republic of Mexico with the addition of the date "1824" on the white ground to signify support of the Mexican federalist constitution.
($3,000-6,000)

 

329. TEXAS (Provisional Government). LAWS. Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation, Provisional Government of Texas and the Convention, Which Assembled at Washington March 1, 1836. By Order of the Secretay [sic] of State. Houston: National Banner Office-Niles & Co. Printers, 1838. 156 pp. 8vo, full modern crimson calf, gilt spine. Slight water damage to title and a few other pages, occasional foxing, otherwise fine, with the 3-page index that did not issue with all copies.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:195: "Contains the 'Declaration of the People of Texas in General Convention Assembled' [November 7, 1835], and the 'Plan and Powers of the Provisional Government of Texas' [November 13, 1835]. Also the ad interim constitution enacted [March 16, 1836] by the harassed convention while the enemy was literally thundering at the gates of the town of Washington, Texas." Gilcrease-Hargrett, p. 362: "Highly important acts on the negotiations of treaties with the Cherokees and the Comanches." Howes T133. Rader 3056. Raines, p. 229. Sabin 94959. Streeter 246. Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($600-1,200)

 

LICENSE FOR COASTING TRADE IN THE REPUBLIC

330. TEXAS (Republic). Printed form completed in manuscript, commencing: License to Carry on the Coasting Trade for One Year No. [4] District of [Matagorda] Port of [Matagorda].... [Houston]: Printed at the Telegraph Office, n.d. [early 1840s]. Large folio broadside, large lone star at top, embossed seal. Signed by J. G. Lansdale, deputy port collector for the district of Matagorda. Some light stains and creases at folds, otherwise a fine copy of a handsome Republic imprint.
        Not in Streeter, who included only selected printed forms. By this license Geo. M. Collinsworth grants to John Cash, master of the sloop Oscar, a license to coastal trading for one year.
($1,000-2,000)

 

331. TEXAS (Republic). CONSOLIDATED FUND. Printed bond completed in manuscript, commencing: Consolidated Fund of Texas. No. [5304] $5,000. The Government of Texas acknowledges to owe to [Thomas Toby] Fifty Shares of the Sum of One Hundred Dollars...City of [Houston] this [thirtieth] day of [April] 18[39].... Houston: Intelligencer Office, [1837]. Large folio broadside, ornamental border, all coupons attached. Signed at end by Thomas Gale Forster, acting stock commissioner, and by J. W. Simmons, comptroller. Verso with manuscript power of attorney, dated January 22, 1844, signed by Thomas Toby, authorizing J. M. Swisher to sell the bond in his name. Also with manuscript affidavit signed by Edward Hall, the Republic's consular agent in New Orleans, certifying that the power of attorney is valid and that Toby's signature is genuine. Split at center fold and some splitting elsewhere with several small voids, overall very good.
        First printing. Criswell II, Texas 37F (rated 10 in rarity). One of the finest imprints of the Intelligencer printing house in Houston. The Congress of the Republic of Texas authorized these ten per cent bonds (June 7, 1837) to fund the public debt of the Republic. The bond is in effect a promissory note by the Republic, and is here issued to Thomas Toby in acknowledgement of the Republic's debt to him for raising needed funds and purchasing supplies. In May 1836, Thomas Toby and his brother Samuel were among those commissioned to sell Texas land scrip at a minimum of fifty cents an acre. In December 1837 the Congress, dissatisfied with some of the agents, ceased the arrangement and recalled all outstanding scrip. (Periods of revolutionary uncertainty are not opportune times to sell land.) However, during the one-and-a-half year contract the Tobys had disposed of almost a million acres, and the Republic owed them over $76,000. Texas approved the claim of the Tobys in 1838, but lacked the funds to pay them. The Consolidated Fund bond offered here was the best that the financially strapped Republic could do. Seeking to turn his paper bond into cash, Toby grants power of attorney to J. M. Swisher of Texas to sell the bond. The claims of the Toby brothers for assisting the Texans in their hour of need were not fully settled until 1881. See The Handbook of Texas Online (Toby and Brother Company) and Gouge, The Fiscal History of Texas, pp. 65, 193, passim.
($250-500)

 

332. [TEXAS (Republic)]. [DIMMITT, PHILIP]. Manuscript document concerning Philip Dimmitt, J. C. Watrous, town survey, and the Victoria Corporation. April 15, 1843. 1 p., folio. Fine.
        Dimmitt (ca. 1801-41), pioneer Texas trader and merchant in the Victoria region, was a major figure in the Texas Revolution. His many activities included seizing Goliad in 1835, participating in the siege of Bexar, penning the Goliad Declaration of Independence, designing two Texas Revolutionary flags, organizing volunteers at La Bahía in 1836, and supplying Houston's army at San Jacinto. Mexico issued a special warrant for his arrest on account of his role in the Texas Revolution, and in 1841 Mexican authorities succeeded in capturing him.
($100-300)

 

ONLY ONE OTHER COPY LOCATED

333. TEXAS (Republic). ARMY. COMMANDER IN CHIEF (Samuel Houston). A Detailed Account of the Battle of San Jacinto, with a Complete List of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates Engaged Therein; Return of Killed and Wounded; Army Order, Lamar's Address to the Texian Troops, upon Taking Command as Major General.... New Orleans: Published by Moses W. Brigham, Commercial Bulletin Print, 1836. 34 pp. (lacking single leaf inserted after A4 , i.e., pp. 9-10, provided in expert facsimile). 16mo, original plain back wrapper present. Preserved in navy blue cloth clamshell box. Exceedingly rare (one of two known copies).
        Second and best edition, considerably revised, corrected, and augmented (the first edition was also published in New Orleans in 1836, by John Cox, and had 18 pages plus errata leaf). Until discovery of this Brigham edition, the work had been completely overlooked by historians and bibliographies. Streeter referred to the Brigham edition simply as an enlarged edition, perhaps discouraging any further research on it. No one, however, had ever closely inspected the Brigham's text to realize that it is the corrected historical record of this most important battle. The publisher was a participant in the Battle. The Brigham edition, therefore, is notable on many accounts, including: the first book on the Battle of San Jacinto published by a veteran; the first and only book appearance of the first unofficial first-hand account of this famous event (the account "Yankee Doodle"); the corrected text of the battle roster and of Houston's official report; the first book appearance of Lamar's address to the troops; the first book publication of the poem "The Texian Banner." Howes S73. Jumonville, New Orleans Imprints 950. Streeter 1239A (New York Historical Society only). Not in American Imprints, Streeter Sale, or mentioned by Fifty Texas Rarities, Graff, et al. While so many pieces of rare Western Americana no longer invite or demand further research, the Brigham edition is worthy of further study and publication. So far as we have been able to determine, no other copy of this work has surfaced since the New York Historical Society received its copy in 1898. No copy of the Brigham version resides in any Texan institution.
        The Brigham edition was printed from a marked-up copy of the more common first edition (Streeter 1239), with a revised roster of San Jacinto troops that includes hitherto unnoticed corrections by the publisher, Moses W. Brigham, who has not previously been identified as the M. W. Brigham who participated in the battle as a private in Capt. W. S. Fisher's Company I. After serving at San Jacinto, Brigham traveled to New Orleans (whence he had been recruited for service in Texas by Capt. Amasa Turner in January, 1836). In discussing the first edition of this work, Streeter commended it as "one of the great Texas books," partly because "the original lists of those at San Jacinto were destroyed by fire in 1855, so this contemporary roster is most important for determining those present at San Jacinto." None of the historians who have written on the battle and its roster of participants consulted the Brigham edition-all of them have used the Cox edition's roster as the foundation for their enlarged and corrected lists of battle participants. (Eight of the Brigham edition's corrections are confirmed by the form of the soldiers' names used in Texas bounty land warrants, as recorded in Miller, 1967).
        The book documents the battle that "sealed the destiny of the Texas Republic [and] confirmed its Declaration of Independence" (Dixon, 1932). "The Battle of San Jacinto had lasted eighteen minutes, but it guaranteed the independence of Texas.... Never again did Mexico seriously challenge the independence of the Lone Star Republic. The Battle of San Jacinto therefore brought a change in ownership of a million miles of territory" (Lamar, Reader's Encyclopedia of the American West, pp. 1075-76).
($30,000-60,000)

 

RAISING MONEY TO PROTECT THE LIBERTIES OF TEXAS

334. TEXAS (Republic). ARMY OF RESERVE. Commandancy General; Army of Reserve for the Protection of the Liberties of Texas. [Circular letter to accompany subscription lists for loans to the government of Texas. Text begins]: Sir, Being informed that you feel a lively interest for the welfare of Texas.... N.p., [1836]. 4-page small 4to folder. Very fine, signed by Thomas Jefferson Chambers (first Anglo-American attorney in Texas). Preserved in a half brown morocco folding box.
        First edition. Streeter 1240: "On January 7, 1836, the General Council of Texas passed an Ordinance and Decree authorizing Thomas Jefferson Chambers 'to raise an army to be called The Army of the Reserve,' which...Governor [Henry] Smith had refused to sign. The following month, on February 23, Chambers left for the United States...and in this circular letter...he enclosed printed copies of the decree just mentioned, which purported to be signed by Governor Smith, and of his commission as general of the Army of Reserve, and in his usual grandiloquent style told of how Texas had been oppressed by Mexico and asked for loans and support. The letter was probably printed in Kentucky and elsewhere along the Mississippi in the year 1836." See Streeter 1236 for additional information.
($3,500-7,500)

 

 

FIRST PRINTING OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

335. TEXAS (Republic). CONSTITUTION. Constitution of the Republic of Texas. To Which is Prefixed the Declaration of Independence, Made in Convention, March 2, 1836. Washington [D.C.], 1836. 24 pp. 8vo, later three-quarter blue morocco over marbled boards. Other than slight foxing, very fine.
        First printing of the constitution of the Republic of Texas. Eberstadt, Texas 162:184. Library of Congress, Texas 84: "Fundamental law of the Republic." Streeter 1243: "This seems to be the first printing of the Constitution." Streeter, in the introduction to his Texas bibliography, makes special mention of this book as one of "the eight great state papers of Texas."
($3,500-7,500)

 

336. TEXAS (Republic). CONSULATE (New Orleans). Printed document completed in manuscript, signed by Archibald Austin as vice-consul to New Orleans, commencing: Consulate of the Republic [vignette of lone star within wreath] of Texas. [I Archibald Austin Vice] Consul [of] the Republic of Texas, for the Port of New Orleans...do hereby certify that [Robert P. Letcher].... New Orleans: Norman, Steel & Co. Print, February 7, 1842. 1 p., small 4to. Creased where formerly folded, otherwise fine and attractive, with embossed seal of the consulate of the Republic of Texas. Attached is an autograph statement, signed by Governor Letcher (1841) attesting that James Kirkpatrick is the father of Dr. James D. Kirkpatrick, "who emigrated to Texas & there died" (see Miller, p. 399).
        An exuberant New Orleans-Texas imprint with no less than eight type fonts and a handsome lone star. The printed form indicates a date in the 1830s, but the word "thirty" has been inked out and "forty-two" substituted. William Bryan's name as consul has also been lined through and Archibald Austin's name substituted as vice consul. We have seen this type of form before, but not with the ink changes described; additionally, the star in this version has added a surrounding wreath. Letcher signed this document when he was serving as governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the content of the document is a certification that Letcher's signature is genuine. Not in Jumonville or Streeter.
($250-500)

 

 

TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1845
THOMAS W. STREETER'S COPY

337. TEXAS (Republic). CONVENTION OF 1845. Journals of the Convention, Assembled at the City of Austin on the Fourth of July 1845, for the Purpose of Framing a Constitution for the State of Texas. Austin: Miner & Cruger, Printers to the Convention, 1845. 378 pp. 8vo, modern marbled wrappers, preserved in half dark blue calf box. Pp. 371-4 missing but photostatic copies have been laid in; a number of leaves washed and remargined. Streeter's copy with leaf of notes laid in.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:45 (this copy). Raines, p. 231. Sabin 94978. Streeter 638 (locating 12 copies, 3 of which are defective): "This Convention which adopted the first constitution of the State of Texas is second in importance only to the convention of March, 1836, which drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. Its record, as given in the Journals, and the following year with much fuller reporting of the speeches in Debates of the Texas Convention...is one of the indispensable sources for the history of Texas." The Handbook of Texas Online (Convention of 1845): "The convention assembled on July 4, 1845. Thomas Jefferson Rusk was elected president of the convention, and James H. Raymond was secretary. By a vote of fifty-five to one, the delegates approved the offer of annexation.... Subsequently, the convention prepared the Constitution of 1845 for the new state.... Considered the most able body of its kind ever to meet in Texas, the convention included men of broad political experience such as Thomas J. Rusk, James Pinckney Henderson, Isaac Van Zandt, Hardin R. Runnels, Abner S. Lipscomb, Nicholas H. Darnell, R. E. B. Baylor, and José Antonio Navarro. The convention adjourned on August 28, 1845." Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($2,500-5,000)

 

338. TEXAS (Republic). GENERAL LAND OFFICE. Printed form commencing: General Land Office, Austin February 1845. To Mr. ___ Surveyor of _______ County.... [Austin, 1845]. 2 pp., folio. Contemporary ink title at top: "Instructions to Surveyors." At the end is a manuscript affidavit, signed by Stephen Crosby and dated June 30, 1853, attesting that the form was that used by the General Land Office.
        Not in Streeter, but he did not always include forms, particularly from the later era. Ephemeral documentation on surveying and land division in early Texas.
($300-600)

 

339. TEXAS (Republic). LAWS. "Rules and Regulations of the Different Departments of Government, and of the Army and Navy, Promulgated by the President" in Telegraph and Texas Register (III:26, whole no. 130, May 12, 1838; III:27, whole no. 131, May 16, 1838; and III:27, whole no. 132, May 19, 1838). Three issues, each 4 pp., double folio. Moderate foxing and age-toning. Preserved in a half maroon morocco folding box. Exceedingly rare.
        These three issues from the early Republic newspaper, the Telegraph and Texas Register, contain the rules and regulations relating to the Republic of Texas army and navy-fundamental to any study of Texas military history.
($4,000-8,000)

 

RARE & EARLY TEXAS IMPRINT ILLUMINATING MILITARY AND NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS

340. TEXAS (Republic). PRESIDENT (Samuel Houston). A Message from the President Relative to Indian Affairs, with Accompanying Documents. Houston: [Telegraph Power Press], 1838. 13 pp. 8vo, stitched. Mild to moderate staining and wear. In a plain modern paper folder with label indicating that this copy is from the Walter Prescott Webb collection.
        First edition of a rare early Texas imprint illuminating military and Indian affairs. Sabin 95015. Streeter 290 (six copies, only two in Texas, TxSaDr & TxU): "Defense by Houston of his order of October 10, 1838, to Major General Rusk to run the boundary line with the Cherokees called for by the Cherokee Treaty of February, 1836.... In this Message, Houston asserts that the rebellion of the Mexicans around Nacogdoches and the calamities in eastern Texas were due to the Militia Law, passed over his veto in December, 1837, which gave to Congress instead of to the President the right to appoint the Major General in charge of the Militia.... Included in the Message is copy of 'A talk' sent by Houston to the Alabamas and the Coushattas, and a report by Colonel Alexander Horton on the boundary line and on 'a battle' between Texans under Major General Rusk and the Indians."
($3,000-6,000)

 

 

UNRECORDED BROADSIDE
SAM HOUSTON FORBIDS ILLEGAL IMPRESSMENT

341. TEXAS (Republic). PRESIDENT (Samuel Houston). Proclamation to the Army and Citizens of Texas. Whereas, the odious practice of indiscriminate impressment of individual property, without authority, from the Government, and merely sanctioned by private will, and often stimulated by cupidity and dishonesty has often occurred: Now, therefore, be it known that I, Sam Houston, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the Republic of Texas, do by these presents direct and command all persons to abstain from the commission of such practices, unless it is by the express order of the Government, emanating from the War Department.... Galveston, March 11, 1842. Small folio broadside. Paper browned, splits at old folds with a few minor losses, right blank margin uneven and rough, contemporary ink docketing by Thomas Ward on verso.
        Not in Streeter, and apparently the only surviving copy. Unrecorded broadside relating to the reinvasion of Texas by Mexico and the chaotic state of the country in 1842.
($5,000-10,000)

 

THOMAS W. STREETER'S COPY
FISCAL REPORT ON THE REPUBLIC IN 1839

342. TEXAS (Republic). TREASURY DEPARTMENT. Special Report of the Secretary of the Treasury. November, 1839. [Austin: Whiting's Print, 1839]. 12 pp. 8vo, three-quarter crimson morocco over marbled boards in slipcase stamped in gilt "Thomas W. Streeter." Thomas Streeter's copy, with his pencil notes on endsheet. Very fine.
        First edition. Streeter 369 (locating six copies, including the present one): "The text of the Special Report, giving estimates of expenditures for the year 1840, is addressed to David G. Burnet, President of the Senate, and signed on p. 5, H. J. Starr, Sec'ry of Treasury. Various departmental estimates of expense are given from p. 5 to the end. The total current expenses are estimated at $1,497,839, with $449,818 more 'on account of previous liabilities.'" Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.
($1,250-2,500)

 

343. TEXAS (Republic). TREATY. GREAT BRITAIN. Convention between Her Majesty and the Republic of Texas, Containing Arrangements Relative to Publick Debt. Signed at London, November 14, 1840. Presented to Both Houses of Parliament, by Command of Her Majesty, 1842. London: T. R. Harrison [1842]. 4-page large folio folder. Light marginal browning, else fine, preserved in a half crimson morocco folding case.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:842: "In this Convention England offers to mediate a treaty of peace between Texas and Mexico, Texas agreeing to assume one million pounds sterling of the Mexican foreign debt if such a treaty be concluded within six months." Streeter 1415 (5 loc.).
($1,000-2,000)

 

344. TEXAS (Republic). TREATY. GREAT BRITAIN. Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Her Majesty and the Republic of Texas. Signed at London, November 13, 1840.... London: T. R. Harrison [1842]. 6 pp. Folio, later marbled boards (should be removed from acidic boards). Browned.
        First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:844. Streeter 1417 (7 locations): "This treaty, which when ratified by both countries marked the formal recognition by England of Texas, has the customary provisions for carrying on trade between the two countries."
($1,000-2,000)

 

 

AMONG THE EARLIEST TEXAS BOOK BINDINGS

345. TEXAS (Republic). WAR DEPARTMENT. Government of the Army of the Republic of Texas, Printed in Accordance with a Joint Resolution of Congress, Approved January 23rd, 1839.... Houston: Intelligencer Office-S. Whiting, Printer, [1839]. [With]: Uniform of the Army of the Republic of Texas, Prescribed and Published by Order of the President. N.p., n.d. 187 pp., 2 engraved plates; 16 pp. (including half title). 2 vols. in one, 12mo, original brown muslin cloth (Streeter notes that the muslin binding was done in Texas and is among the earliest examples of Texas binding of which he had a record). Binding worn and lightly faded and stained. Some staining and browning to text. Front endpaper consists of a page from an 1864 government document relating to CSA. Preserved in a tan cloth slipcase.
        First edition, first issue listed by Streeter (no priority). Raines, p. 127. Sabin 95057. Streeter 372 (9 copies-this count is for both issues; 3 copies of this issue located, all in Texas): "These regulations were printed in compliance with a joint resolution of Congress, approved by President Lamar on January 23, 1839, that 1,000 copies be printed. Except for the section at the end, 'Uniform of the Army,' they follow closely the General Regulations for the Army of the United States, City of Washington, 1835." Superb piece for Texas military history, Texas printing, and the history of bookmaking in Texas.
($7,500-15,000)

 

346. [TEXAS (Republic)]. GARRISON, George P., (editor). Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas. Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1907-1908. Washington: GPO for American Historical Association, 1908-11. 646 + 807 pp. 2 vols., 8vo, dark blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Some shelf wear, vol. 1 ex-library (bookplate removed from front pastedown, due-date slip on back free endpaper and pocket on back pastedown), vol. 2 with light foxing to endpapers and front hinge cracked. Lacking vol. 3.
        First edition. Basic Texas Books 73: "Basic source book for official diplomatic papers of the Republic of Texas, indispensable for any study of this period of Texas history."

(2 vols.)
($100-200)

 

347. [TEXAS (Republic)]. Lot of 19 items. Very good to very fine condition:

(1) CANFIELD, A. W. Manuscript invoice for services. San Augustine, 1843.

(2) DUBBIN, John & John Hughes. Manuscript title bond and land exchange, dated at Milam County, Sept. 27, 1842.

(3) Manuscript certification of service as a grand juror, dated at San Felipe, Oct. 8, 1845.

(4) LEWIS, Matthew & William Boon. Manuscript agreement appointing Boon attorney to obtain lands due Lewis, dated December 1, 1836.

(5) MOFFITT, Paul & Andrew Montgomery. Manuscript sale contract of Lewis's headright, dated at Montgomery County, June 3, 1844.

(6) PLOUGHMAN, A. Manuscript petition, dated at Hanson County, 1842.

(7) Manuscript docket page for a note dated Feb. 6, 1840, with notations of subsequent actions.

(8) DeBLAND, Collin. Manuscript bill for board to John Bollinger "for self and Horse to date," dated at San Felipe, February 27, 1841.

(9) GALVESTON DISTRICT COURT. Printed summons completed in manuscript, dated October 16, 1844.

(10) TEXAS. GENERAL LAND OFFICE. Receipt for government dues on 3 labors of arable land and 5-1/3 labors of pasture ($27.80) to John Mott of Washington County, dated February 5, 1846.

(11) NELSON, G. W. & John Cronkite. Agreement by Nelson to convey land to Cronkite in return for assumption of debt, dated Fayette County, September 16, 1842.

(12) BURNLEY, A. T. & Norman W. Gilmer. Autograph notes, signed, dated October 25, 1838. Arbitration agreement in which each agrees to accept any settlement which General Albert Sidney Johnston may make in the matter between them.

(13) Manuscript receipt for $59.64, dated December 23, 1837.

(14) STUART, H. Manuscript affidavit, signed by the editor of the Galveston Civilian, that Texas Treasury notes were worth at the most 25 to 30 cents on the dollar in the summer and fall of 1839, dated at Galveston, November 30, 1840.

(15) McCOY, John L. Manuscript title bond for land in Houston County, dated December 8, 1837.

(16) TALBOT, M. Autograph letter, signed, to Doctor W. R. Smith of Houston, dated at San Augustine, October 17, 1839.

(17) TEXAS (Republic). TREASURY DEPARTMENT. Printed receipt completed in manuscript for government dues on land, dated at Austin, November 18, 1840.

(18) JOHNSON, J. Benton. Autograph letter, signed, to Collin D. E. Bland in Columbus, dated at San Felipe, April 16, 1838.

(19) COLLINSWORTH, J. A. Manuscript receipt, signed, for $285 received from Wm. T. Austin, dated at Houston, May 25, 1838.

(Lot of 19 items)
($300-500)

 

348. [TEXAS (Republic). BONDS]. Lot of 5 Republic bonds. Very good to very fine condition:

(1) $1,000 Consolidated Fund Bond: Consolidated Fund of Texas. The Government of Texas acknowledges to owe [Leslie Combs Ten] Shares, of the sum of One Hundred Dollars each...approved the 7th day of June, 1837.... Austin: S. Whiting, Printer. Criswell 37B.

(2) $100 Ten Percent Coupon Bond: Republic of Texas Certificate of Stock in the ten percent consolidated fund Created by Act of Feb. 5th, 1840. Engraved by: Southern Bank Note Co. and Endicott & Clark. New Orleans. Criswell 40E.

(3) $100 Eight Percent Coupon Bond: Government Bond, payable to the holder. Receivable For All Government Dues. Eight Percent Fund of $1.500.000. Created by Act of Congress Feb. 5th, 1840. Engraved by: Southern Bank Note Co. and Endicott & Clark. New Orleans. Criswell 40A.

(4) $500 Ten Percent Coupon Bond: Republic of Texas Certificate of Stock in the ten percent consolidated fund Created by Act of Feb. 5th, 1840. Engraved by: Southern Bank Note Co. and Endicott & Clark. New Orleans. Criswell 40F.

(5) $500 Eight Percent Coupon Bond: Government Bond, payable to the holder Receivable For All Government Dues. Eight Percent Fund of $1.500.000. Created by Act of Congress Feb. 5th, 1840. Engraved by: Southern Bank Note Co. and Endicott & Clark. New Orleans. Criswell 40B.

(Lot of 5 items)
($200-300)

 

349. [TEXAS (Republic). CURRENCY]. Lot of 25 items, condition very good to very fine, including one Texas Star Note (rare, early Republic of Texas currency); 10 bills of currency in denominations of $1, $2, $3, $5, $10 (2 examples), $20, $50 (2 examples), $100; 2 consolidated fund notes for $100, $500; 3 treasury warrants; 8 scrip notes-Columbia & Houston; single sheet of 2 warrants (sixth issue), issued from Washington to William Bryan (Texian Print. Criswell I: Texas W2). A well-rounded collection of Republic of Texas currency with good examples of the various types of money exchanged.

(Lot of 25 items)
($1,500-3,000)

 

350. [TEXAS (Republic). MILITARY]. Lot of 4 Republic manuscripts, including:

(1) Election returns of militia officers, Austin County, March 16, 1839. 1 p. Splits at folds.

(2) Receipt for one horse furnished by Harden Jones to J. Sowell, Fannin County, November 2, 1838. Certified by Daniel Montague, Commanding Officer. 1 p. Creased where folded. "I certify that Harden Jones did furnish J. Sowell Q. M. of the 2nd Regt of Fannin County Militia the above named property, viz. one Horse valued to one hundred dollars by William Corishers & Baley and that the Horse was put to the use of this republic By Order of D. Montague Lieut. Col." Montague was a pioneer surveyor and state senator (see The Handbook of Texas Online: Daniel Montague).

(3) Two $25 pay certificates for services in the Texas Navy, redeemable out of the first appropriation by Congress to meet the claims. Printed form, completed in manuscript, signed and dated April 23, 1841.

Plus one other.

(Lot of 4 items)
($150-300)

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