Mirabeau Lamar Autograph Letter Signed as Secretary of War. One page, 7.5" x 7", "War Department", May 18, 1836, to Colonel Warren H. Hall at Port Velasco. In full: "I am directed by the President and cabinet to say to you in the event of any resistance to the decrees of the court of this jurisdiction being opposed by disorganizing and refractory individuals, you will, on application of the Sheriff, render him prompt and efficient aid in the execution of his duties and the maintenance of the civil authorities with any forces under your command."

    Houston's decisive victory over Santa Anna's forces in the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21 had gained Texan independence. Lamar's valor brought him a promotion to colonel just prior to the start of the battle, and his further heroism earned him the appointment of Secretary of War in President Burnet's cabinet ten days later. This letter is dated just four days after the signing of the Treaty of Velasco on May 14, 1836, and though it is not clear what decrees he is referencing, it is possible that they are related to the terms of the treaty. Lamar served as Secretary of War for a brief period, making letters by him written during his term rare and desirable. Framed to an overall size of 15" x 17".

    Condition: Gently toned with stray ink stains.

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