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    James W. Robinson Autograph Letter Signed "James W. Robinson Acting Governor". 1 page, 7.75" x 12", San Felipe de Austin, January 16, 1836 to Ira Randolph Lewis strongly urging him to attend his seat at the General Council: "It has become absolutely necessary that you give your attendance in this place without delay. And it is hoped that no apology or excuse will be made but I implore you to come, if you love country or family or friends or your species, come quickly, and take your seat in the General Council. I am ordered by the General Council to make this call." With integral address leaf addressed in Robinson's hand.

    A good, strong letter clearly documenting the urgency many Texans felt about establishing their own independent government as the wheels of war rolled inexorably forward in January 1836. Although not so well-known as Austin, Houston, and others, Robinson (1790-1857) remains an important figure in Texas history. At the time this letter was written, he had succeeded Henry Smith as Governor of Texas (second Anglo governor of Texas). Judge, attorney, and San Jacinto veteran, Robinson arrived in Texas at the beginning of 1833 with a letter of recommendation addressed to Stephen F. Austin. He served as a delegate from Nacogdoches to the 1835 Consultation and was elected lieutenant governor of the provisional government of Texas. In 1842 he was captured during Woll's invasion of Texas and taken to Mexico. He returned to Texas with terms from Santa Anna to negotiate a brief armistice. After annexation, he moved to San Diego, California, where he became a prominent attorney and engaged in promoting a railroad line between El Paso and California. Recipient Ira Randolph Lewis (1800-67), prominent Texas patriot, soldier, and attorney, was Moses Austin Bryan's father-in-law. Lewis came to Texas in 1831 and served in the Consultation and the General Council of the provisional government. While he was serving on the council in February 1836, he was commissioned a colonel and raised funds and men from the United States. In 1842 he served as a volunteer in the campaign against Adrián Woll. Toned and dampstained, horizontal folds, some weak on address panel, light soiling, else very good. Examples by Robinson are quite difficult to source. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    From a direct descendant of recipient Ira Randolph Lewis.

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