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“Anything but favorable to Texas”—With the Gorostiza Map


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262.     [LUNDY, Benjamin]. The War in Texas; A Review of Facts and Circumstances, Showing that this Contest is a Crusade against Mexico, Set on Foot and Supported by Slaveholders, Land-Speculators, &c. in Order to Re-Establish, Extend, and Perpetuate the System of Slavery and the Slave Trade. [Second Edition, Revised, and Enlarged.] By a Citizen of the United States. Philadelphia: Printed for the Publishers, by Merrihew and Gunn, No. 7, Carter’s Alley, 1837. [1-3] 4-64 pp., printed in double column, text map of Texas, after Gorostiza on p. 49. 8vo (21.2 x 13.2 cm), disbound and lacking stitching. Lightly foxed, otherwise fine.

     Second edition of preceding, enlarged and revised, with the added map (see preceding Item 261). American Imprints (1837) 45278. Eberstadt, Texas 162:504. Howes L569. Raines, p. 141: “Anything but favorable to Texas.” Sabin 95134n. Streeter 1217A: “This enlarged work first appeared in several successive numbers of the National Enquirer, a weekly anti-slavery paper referred to in the note to entry No. 1217.” In this edition, the type has been entirely reset, and numerous changes and revisions occur after p. 31. The revisions incorporate new material that had come to the author’s attention since the 1836 edition, e.g., a John Quincy Adams’ speech, abolition speeches, essays from contemporary newspapers, the Gorostiza pamphlet, official Mexican protest against U.S. recognition of Texas independence, President Jackson’s speech, etc.

     The crude little map on p. 49 is apparently reproduced from an article by Gorostiza about the boundary dispute that appeared in the National Enquirer, December 3 & 10, 1836. The map shows the so-called conventional boundary that starts at the Mermento River and runs north to the Red River and the “Boundary with U.S. by Treaty Feb. 1819” that follows the Sabine River and then north to the Red River. Lundy raises this point to show how Texas was scheming to expand its eastern boundary.


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