DescriptionDavid G. Burnet Autograph Letter Signed "David G. Burnet" as President of Texas, one page, 6.5" x 7.75". Executive Department, Republic of Texas, Port of Galveston, April 25, 1836. To Col. W.D.C. Hall. In full: "You are requested to accept the appointment and to perform the duty of Secretary of War pending the absence of Col T.J. Rusk who is now with the army. Your acceptance will confer a favor on Your obt Servt." Integral leaf addressed by Burnet "To Col/W.D.C. Hall." David G. Burnet served as President ad interim of Texas from March 16-October 22, 1836 when Sam Houston was inaugurated as first President. When informed that the Alamo had fallen and the Mexicans were moving eastward, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, Burnet's Secretary of War, helped him move the government to Harrisburg. After the Goliad Massacre on March 27th, Burnet sent Rusk with orders for Gen. Sam Houston to make a stand against the enemy. Rusk participated with bravery in the defeat of Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, in the Battle of San Jacinto, just four days before Burnet wrote this letter. Warren D.C. Hall, appointed Adjutant General by Burnet, accepted this appointment and acted as Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas while Rusk was with the army. Hall held the rank of Colonel and commanded the post at Velasco until May 26th, after independence had been won at San Jacinto. During most of his tenure as President, Burnet maintained the seat of government at Velasco. Usual mail folds present; boldly penned and in fine condition.
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