[TEXAS]. SMITH, Ashbel. An Address Delivered in the City of Galveston on the 22d Day of February, 1848, the Anniversary of the Birth Day of Washington, and of the Battle of Buena Vista. Galveston: News Office, W. Richardson, Publisher, . [1-3] 4-17 [1, blank] pp. 8vo (22.7 x 14.5 cm), original green printed wrappers, stitched. Spine slightly chipped, lower wrapper with small hole. Light scattered foxing, but overall fine. Preserved in modern quarter morocco over cloth slipcase.
First edition. Tutorow 4086. Winkler 57.
A speech strongly in favor of the war and the concept of Manifest Destiny. Reflects great pride in the role of Texas in the War and the exploits of Taylor’s troops against overwhelming numbers. He also reflects the common concern about the dangers of large standing armies.
Smith (1805-1886) after arriving in Texas in 1837 was quickly appointed by Houston to the post of Surgeon General of the army. Smith served with Taylor for a time. He went on to be an important officer in the Civil War and a distinguished Texas politician and philanthropist.
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