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Auction 197, Lot 755

Second Texas Declaration of Independence and Long Expeditions - Part II

"[Lot of 3 - Texas Independence] Niles' Weekly Register ... from September, 1820, to March, 1821 - Vol. XIX. Or, Volume VII [and] ... from March to September, 1821... [and] ... from March to September, 1822...",

Subject: Documents - Texas

Period: 1820-22 (published)


Color: Black & White

6.4 x 10 inches
16.3 x 25.4 cm
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A. Niles' Weekly Register...from September, 1820, to March, 1821 - Vol. XIX. Or, Volume VII. This 432-page volume contains 26 complete issues with title page and index. The articles include a report that Long still has many men under him, “but it is probable that his force is as contemptible as his proceedings unwarrantable” (p. 48). A letter from Long describes a successful attack against cannibal Indians and Long claims, “I am building a strong fort on a beautiful peninsula, between the gulf of Mexico and bay of Trinity” (p. 112). A later report places Gen. Long on the island of St. Louis near Galveston with 30 followers and a tribe of hostile Indians (p. 191). Condition: Contents are lightly toned. Disbound with the first three issues separated from the text block.

B. ...from March to September, 1821 - Vol. XX. Or, Volume VIII. This 416-page volume is complete with 26 issues, title page and index. The issues contain three articles on the activity in Texas involving Gen. Trespalescos (pp. 191, 223, 283), who joined Long’s second expedition, including a report of unhappiness in the U.S. West that Texas was lost in the Adams-Onis Treaty with a suggestion from a St. Louis paper that the U.S. purchase Texas (p. 289). Other key articles include the discovery of Antarctica (here called “The New-found Land,” (p. 237), complete text of the Adam-Onis Treaty, and a likely fictitious report of an expedition up the Colorado River (Wagner-Camp #20) (p. 21). Condition: Contents are generally clean with an occasional spot of foxing or soiling. One page has a small tear without loss (pp. 83-84). Ex-library (Cornell) with embossed stamps on the first few pages including the title page and bookplate on front paste down. Front cover is detached and boards are moderately worn. Spine is heavily chipped.

C. ... from March to September, 1822 - Volume XXII. Or, Volume X. This 414-page volume contains 25 of 26 issues, title page and index. It lacks only the last two pages of issue #26 and the supplement. The death of Long is reported: “Gen. Long was shot by a soldier as he was entering a public office, to settle his claims against the claims of the government – the why and wherefore are a mystery” (p. 230). One note indicates that Americans are emigrating to Texas where “they are received in the most flattering terms.” (p. 183). The volume contains other news of the day including the aborted slave rebellion in Charleston led by a freed slave, and many articles on Florida, the slave trade, Indians affairs and Mexican independence. Condition: Contents are toned with scattered foxing and light soiling. The title page and first 10 pages are dampstained. Disbound.


Condition: B

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Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $120

Closed on 4/24/2024