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    Mirabeau B. Lamar Document Signed "Mirabeau B. Lamar" as President of Texas, one page, 9" x 8.75". Executive Department, Austin, February 3, 1840. In full, "The Secretary of the Treasury will pay to Hon. J. Pinckney Henderson seven thousand four hundred sixty dollars in a draft on Mssrs. Hamilton and Burnley commissioners to negotiate a loan on the Bonds of this Government." Docketed on verso: "Order from the/President authorizing/the payment of Hon/J.P. Henderson for/services as Minister/to France & England/in a draft on/the Loan bonds." James Pinckney Henderson, Attorney General (1836) and Secretary of State (1836-1837) of the Republic of Texas was appointed Minister to England and France in 1837. France signed a treaty on September 25, 1839, recognizing Texas independence. England, in spite of slavery in Texas and her desire to see the abolition of slavery worldwide, could not stand idly by and see France gain influence and trade privileges in the new Republic. In the fall of 1840, Lord Aberdeen announced that Her Majesty's government would recognize Texas independence, and on November 13-16, three treaties were signed that dealt with independence, commerce and navigation, and suppression of the African slave trade. Henderson returned to Texas in 1840. He later served as the first Governor of the State of Texas (1846-1847) and U.S Senator (1857-1858). Sam Houston's Vice President from 1836-1838, Mirabeau B. Lamar served as President of Texas from 1838-1841. The docket on verso shows through in the left portion of the text. A small portion is missing at the blank right edge. The letter is in apparent fine condition. Matted and framed to 18" x 26.25", a color copy of the docketed verso is in a pocket affixed to the back of the frame. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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