DescriptionAnson Jones Manuscript Document Signed "Anson Jones" as President of Texas and "Ebnr. Allen" as Secretary of State ad interim, one page, 7.75" x 12.5". Washington, June 25, 1845. In part, "Satisfactory evidence having been exhibited to me, that Edward Kauffman, Esquire, had been appointed Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for Galveston, I do, hereby, recognize him as such, and declare him free to exercise and enjoy such functions, powers and privileges as are allowed to Consuls of the most favored nations, in the Republic of Texas..." Superb 2.5" diameter blind embossed Seal of the Republic of Texas at the lower left. Ebenezer Allen became Attorney General of Texas under Anson Jones in December 1844. He served as Secretary of State ad interim in the absence of Ashbel Smith and, as Smith's successor as the republic's last Secretary of State, assisted Jones in framing the terms of annexation to the United States.
The Netherlands was the second European country to sign a commercial treaty with the Republic of Texas (September 18, 1840), a year after France, a few months before Great Britain. On June 16, 1845, nine days before Pres. Jones signed this document, the Texas Congress met at his request; a convention of elected delegates was assembled on July 4th. Jones placed the choice of annexation or independence recognized by Mexico before both groups. Each voted for annexation. A state constitution, drawn up by the convention, was ratified by popular vote and accepted by the U.S. Congress on December 29, 1845, the date of Texas's legal entry into the Union. At a formal ceremony held on February 19, 1846, Pres. Jones handed over the reins of state government to Texas Gov. James Pinckney Henderson declaring, "The final act in this great drama is now performed; the Republic of Texas is no more." A clean two inch tear at top has been professionally restored on verso; with usual folds and light toning at margins. In near fine condition, with a blind embossed seal of the Republic.
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