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Sabine River Boundary between the Republic of Texas & the U.S.

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368.     [MAP]. UNITED STATES & THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. JOINT COMMISSION FOR MARKING BOUNDARY. Map of the River Sabine from its Mouth on the Gulf of Mexico in the Sea to Logan’s Ferry in Latitude 31.º 58’ .24”. North. Shewing the Boundary Between the United States and the Republic of Texas between Said Points, as Marked and Laid down by Survey in 1840, under the Direction of the Commissioners Appointed for that Purpose, under the 1st. Article of the Convention Signed at Washington April 25th. 1838. Surveyed in 1840 by: On the Part of the United States. J.D. Graham, Major U.S. Corps of Topl. Engr. Thomas J. Lee, lst. Lieut. U.S. of Topl. Engr. George G. Meade, C.E. and Asst. On the Part of Texas. P.J. Pillans, Engineer. D.C. Wilber, Surveyor. A.B. Gray, Assistant Engineer. Drawn by Lieut. T.J. Lee U.S. Topographical Engineers. W.J. Stone Sc. Washn. [text at lower right] This Plan represents that portion of the Boundary between the United States and the Republic of Texas included between the mouth of the River Sabine and the Gulf of Mexico…. J.H. Overton United States Commissioner. [Washington, 1842]. Lithograph map of the Sabine River and the eastern border of Texas with the U.S., showing points mentioned in title, tributaries, ferries, towns, roads, crossings, remarks on historical incidents, and topography; neat line to neat line: 87 x 18.1 cm, graphic scale: about 5-1/4 inches per mile. Lightly creased where formerly folded, otherwise very fine. Matted, framed, and under Plexiglas.

     Second edition. The present map was published in the following U.S. government document: Message from the President…Proceedings of the Commissioner Appointed to Run the Boundary Line between the U.S. and the Republic of Texas. Washington: Senate Ex. Doc. 199, 27th Cong. 2nd Sess., 1842. Day, Maps of Texas, pp. 30-31. Phillips, America, p. 753. Streeter 1432 (there were six maps with the report, and the present map is the primary map, showing the boundary line along the Sabine; the other five maps were details from the present map). The first edition of this map is exceedingly rare and on a much larger scale. It was published the same year as the present map as a separate (Streeter 1439). In discussing the six most important maps for a Texas collection, Streeter (p. 329) includes the first edition of the present map and comments: “[Shown is] the final boundary between Texas and the United States from the Gulf of Mexico to the Red River, resulting from the settlement of the boundary dispute between the two countries.” There are differences between the two editions of the maps, other than scale alone.

     Martin & Martin, p. 36n: “One of the most important…official productions during the Republic was the publication in 1842 of the report of the Joint United States-Texas Boundary Commission, which for the first time depicted the eastern border of Texas from Sabine Lake to the Red River, thus settling at last the problem of Miller County [claimed by Arkansas].”


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