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Auction 168, Lot 291

The First Official Printing of the Texas Declaration of Independence & Constitution

"[Texas Constitution] Message from the President of the United States ... Relating to the Condition of Texas, &c. June 24, 1836", U.S. Government

Subject: Texas

Period: 1836 (published)

Publication: Sen. Doc. 415, 24th Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 9.1 inches
14.2 x 23.1 cm

This document contains the official transmittal by the emissaries of the Texas government (George Childress & Robert Hamilton), including the first official printings of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Texas Constitution. It is preceded only by a private printing ordered a month earlier. This official document also includes an early printed version of Houston’s official report to President Burnet on the Battle of San Jacinto. A note from Childress & Hamilton to John Forsyth, Secretary of State, indicates " it is the wish and the object of the Government we represent to enter as early as possible into the most friendly relations with the United States of America." This scarce document is not to be confused with Jackson’s later report (December, 1836) on the condition of Texas.

The 23 page document is bound into Senate Volume VI, containing a total of 25 various documents including three resolutions regarding recognition of Texas’ independence. Octavo, hardbound in original full leather with gilt title label on spine.

References: Streeter Bibliography of Texas #1253; Howes #T-115.

Condition: B+

Contents are tight with light toning and scattered foxing. Covers have light wear and some small gouges in the leather. The spine has minor cracking.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $850

Closed on 6/6/2018