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Auction 183, Lot 551

First Official Printing of the 1836 Texas Declaration of Independence and Constitution

"[Texas] Message from the President of the United States, in Compliance with a Resolution of the Senate, Relating to the Condition of Texas, &c.", U.S. Government

Subject: Document - Texas Independence

Period: 1836 (published)

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

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 8.8 inches
14.2 x 22.4 cm
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This scarce 23-page report contains the official transmittal by the emissaries of the Texas government (Childress & Hamilton) of requested documents, including the first official printings of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Texas Constitution. It is preceded only by the private printing ordered by Childress & Hamilton a month before and done by the same printer (Gales & Seaton), who printed the government publications at the time. The same document includes an early printed version of Houston’s official report of the Battle of San Jacinto to President Burnet. 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. Disbound.

References: Streeter (Texas) #1253; Howes #T-115; Eberstadt #162-185.

Condition: A

Mostly clean with a few spots of foxing.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/9/2021