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    Mexican Decree Declaring Texas Land Law Invalid Signed, "Gutierrez Estrada" in type, one page, 8" x 11.5". Mexico, April 25, 1835. In part, "Art. 1. The decree of the Legislature of Coahuila and Texas of March 14th of this year is contrary to its articles 1 and 2 of Law of August 18th, 1824; consequently, the sales exerted by virtue of such decree are null and are worthless." Under the March 14th decree authorizing the sale of over 11,000 square miles of Texas land, John T. Mason, the confidential agent of the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company, and others were granted vast tracts of land. This decree fueled the aspirations of Mason and his Texas land speculators while angering the Texians fighting for their independence. In fact, Mason is the only named individual who is mentioned in the Constitution of the Republic of Texas written a year later: "...whereas the legislature of Coahuila and Texas having passed an act in the year 1834, in behalf of general John T. Mason of New York, and another on the 14th day of March, 1835, under which the enormous amount of eleven hundred leagues of land has been claimed by sundry individuals, some of whom reside in foreign countries, and are not citizens of the republic,--which said acts are contrary to articles fourth, twelfth, and fifteenth of the laws of 1824 of the general congress of Mexico, and one of said acts, for that cause has, by said general congress of Mexico, been declared null and void: It is hereby declared that the said act of 1834, in favor of John T. Mason, and of the 14th of March. 1835, of the said legislature of Coahuila and Texas, and each and every grant founded thereon, is, and was from the beginning, null and void (General Provisions, Section 10)." José Maria Gutierrez Estrada, former Senator from Yucatan, served as Foreign Minister for a short time in 1835. In apparent fine condition. Matted and framed to 16" x 28". From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 833; Eberstadt 162:471; Jenkins 97

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Framed - with Glass, Medium (view shipping information)

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