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Auction 197, Lot 754

Second Texas Declaration of Independence and Long Expeditions - Part I

"[Texas Independence] Niles' Weekly Register ... from September, 1819 to March, 1820 - Vol. XVII. or, Volume V. - New Series",

Subject: Documents - Texas

Period: 1820 (published)


Color: Black & White

6.4 x 10 inches
16.3 x 25.4 cm
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This 456-page volume contains 26 complete issues of the Niles' Weekly Register from September 1819 to March 1820 along with title page and index. The volume features s a number of articles on the second attempt for Texas independence in which General James Long, a surgeon and veteran of the War of 1812, declared Texas’ independence and occupied Nacogdoches. The “Long Republic” lasted about four months. The articles include a printing of the “Declaration of the Independence of Texas” (p. 31), the failure of Long’s expedition (pp. 208 & 304), retreat to Galveston (p. 352), and pirate Lafitte continuing to work under the aegis of Long (p. 376), all accompanied by harshly critical remarks by the editor. One article (p. 395) entitled “Republic of Texas!!” confirms that Lafitte and Long collaborated. Long persevered in his quest for Texas’ independence until he was captured and executed in 1821. One curious article contains a report that Spain has agreed to transfer the “whole” of Texas to Swiss merchants. The volume also contains numerous articles on negotiations with Spain, including the Adams-Onis Treaty, that culminated with the acquisition of Florida. The topic of the “Missouri Question” also received extensive coverage. Hardbound in quarter leather with tips over marbled boards.


Condition: B

Contents are lightly toned with occasional foxing and soiling. One weekly issue is detached. Covers have light wear with bumped corners.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 4/24/2024