[BIOGRAPHY]. LAMAR, Mirabeau Buonaparte. The Papers of.... Edited from the Original Papers in the Texas State Library by Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., with the Assistance of Katherine Elliott, Archivist, Texas State Library. Austin: AMS [A.C. Baldwin & Sons], 1973. 6 vols. 8vo (22.2 x 14.5 cm), original orange cloth. Very fine.
Reprint in smaller format of the first edition (Austin, 1921-1927). Basic Texas Books 118n. “One of the most valuable collections of historical data on Texas ever published.... Not even in the Writings of Houston, does one find such a wealth of primary source material.” Tate 2077: “An absolutely essential source of correspondence regarding Governor Lamar’s harsh Indian policy, various acts for increasing the size of military forces in the Republic of Texas, and controversy with Sam Houston’s milder policy of negotiation.”
Papers cover from 1756-1850s.
Virtually the only complete set of the papers, which are otherwise unobtainable, here offered in a fine set. The original edition is almost never seen and the 1968 Pemberton Press reprint is rarely found complete.
Lamar (1798-1859) was the second president of Texas and distinguished himself at the Battle of San Jacinto after a series of personal tragedies drove him to Texas. He had a mixed but distinguished record as governor. On the one hand, he was merciless towards the Native Americans; on the other, he is known as “The Father of Texas Education.” Lamar fought with distinction at the Battle of Monterrey.
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