An Affordable Texas Declaration of Independence

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536. TEXAS. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Unanimous Declaration of Independence By The Delegates Of The People Of Texas, In General Convention, At The Town Of Washington, On The Second Day of March, 1836 [caption title]; Printed by Baker and Borden, San Felipe de Austin [colophon]. [N.p., n.d.]. Broadside: 39.5 x 34 cm. Modern facsimile reproduction on brown parchment paper. The original from which this was reproduced has two manuscript signatures of Milam delegates George Campbell Childress and Sterling Clark Robertson at left bottom below printed signatures and two small ink stains at top and center. Another copy of this reproduction, now in private hands, that we have examined is identical except that it has a much larger ink stain at upper center obscuring considerable text. Except for being rolled, in fine condition.

     According to Streeter 165:

The broadside has at the foot the names of all the delegates present on March 3 except George C. Childress and Sterling C. Robertson. That the omission of those two names was a grievous slip on the part of the printers is shown by the following statement which appeared in the March 18, 1836, issue of the Telegraph and Texas Register.

In printing the declaration of independence in handbill form, the names of the delegates STERLING C. ROBERTSON and GEO. C. CHILDRESS [original emphasis], from the municipality of Milam, were through mistake, omitted. No error of this kind could be more deeply regretted by us. That we should have omitted the name of the chairman of the committee who drafted the instrument, is an error we feel unable to atone for; and have this only to offer as an apology, that it was executed in too much haste, and principally done in the night.

     Offered as an historical and bibliographical curiosity only because it does not match any known printed copy of the Declaration so far as we have been able to discover.


Sold. Hammer: $50.00; Price Realized: $61.25.

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