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October 26, 2007

Setting up Elections in Coahuila y Tejas under the Newly Established Federal Form of Government

41. COAHUILA AND TEXAS (Mexican State). VICE GOBERNADOR (Juan Martín de Veramendi). [Decree of February 4, 1833, providing for the election of deputies to the Congress of the State, and for the election of a president and vice president of the republic, and of two senators to represent the State in the national Congress]. El Vice-gobernador Constitucional del Estado libre independiente y soberano de Coahuila y Tejas á todos sus habitantes [Text begins] En consideracion á los graves males que podian ocacionarse á la gran republica mejicana.... [signed and dated in type at end] Es dado en la ciudad de Leona-Vicario á los 4 dias del mes de febrero de 1833. Juan Martin de Veramendi. Santiago del Valle secretario. [Leona Vicario, 1833]. Broadside (31 x 21.5 cm), laid paper, no watermark, printed heading Gobierno Supremo del Estado de Coahuila y Tejas. Creased where formerly folded, lightly foxed at crease, otherwise fine, with official ink, rubrics and transmittal note to Béjar. Rare Northern Mexican imprint.

            First edition. Eberstadt, Texas 162:876. Streeter 789 (locating only his own copy, now at Yale). Streeter, The Only Located Copies of One Hundred Forty Texas Pamphlets and Broadsides 61. This decree sets up elections in the state of Coahuila y Tejas under the Plan of Zavaleta, which established a truly federal form of government, one which appealed to the Anglo colonists. The subsequent abandonment of federalism by Mexico for centralism is said to be one of the major irritants leading the Texans to revolt. See Streeter 775 for a condensed essay on the labyrinthine political history of the Plan of Zavaleta. ($400-800)

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