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October 26, 2007

“L’Honorable David Crockett fut vu sur tous les points”

1. [ALAMO]. Le Courrier des États-Unis, Journal Politique et Litteraire. Vol. IX, No. 11. New York, April 6, 1836. 4 pp. (pp. 61-64), printed in 3 columns, large engraving of American eagle at top, folio (42.5 x 28.8 cm), disbound (blank left margin slightly rough where removed). Moderately stained, slight marginal browning.

            Early account of the Battle of the Alamo in French. Among other national and international news in this widely distributed French-language newspaper published in New York, there is a news story prominently featured on the front page in the middle of the second column concerning developments in San Antonio and at the Alamo, which is said to be under siege and resisting Mexican surrender demands. The Texian defenders are extolled in the most heroic terms, especially David Crockett, who is said to be everywhere at once encouraging the troops by his example and his words. The defenders’ resolve to die at their posts rather than surrender is lauded, a piece of information that may have arisen from Travis’s famous February 24, 1836, address, To the Citizens of Texas.... (Streeter 185): “Il réclame des secours immédiats, mais il est déterminé à s’enterrer sous les ruines des remparts plutôt que de se rendre.” Immediately following is yet another breaking news story which arrived on March 2, stating that Travis, with only 150 men, has beaten back a Mexican attack. It also reports that Fannin is on his on his way from Goliad with 325 men, a report that was obviously false. ($150-300)

Sold. Hammer: $225.00; Price Realized: $264.38

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