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    Thomas J. Rusk Manuscript Document Signed "Tho J. Rusk" as President and "James H. Reynolds/Secretary of the Convention," one page, 8" x 12.5". Austin, Texas, August 28, 1845. Headed "Resolution." In full "'Resolved, that Thomas Wm Ward Esq'r Commissioner of the General Land Office for the faithful discharge of his duties and the prompt and satisfactory manner in which he has responded to the calls made on him, is justly entitled to the thanks of the Convention.' Adopted in Convention at the City of Austin Texas this 28th day of August 1845." The Convention of 1845 was called by Anson Jones to meet in Austin to consider the joint resolution of the United States Congress proposing the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the United States. The convention assembled on July 4, 1845. Thomas Jefferson Rusk was elected president of the convention, and James H. Raymond was secretary. By a vote of fifty-five to one, the delegates approved the offer of annexation. The convention also prepared the Constitution of 1845 for the new state. The convention adjourned on August 28, 1845, the day this resolution thanking Thomas Wm Ward was passed. Thomas Wm (Peg Leg) Ward had fought at the siege of Bexar in December 1835. During the battle, at the head of an artillery company, Capt. Ward lost his leg to a cannonball. He returned to New Orleans to be fitted with a peg leg. Returning to Texas in the spring of 1836, Ward was commissioned as a colonel by President David G. Burnet and served under Gen. Thomas J. Rusk. He served as Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas from 1841-1848. Thomas Jefferson Rusk was the first Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas and was in command of the forces at the Battle of San Jacinto. Upon the admission of Texas as a State into the Union, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from February 21, 1846, until his suicide at Nacogdoches, Texas, on July 29, 1857. In 1841, James H. Raymond was appointed clerk of the Texas House, a position he held until annexation in 1845. In 1844, he was appointed Treasurer of the Republic of Texas. Abner Lipscomb, former Texas Secretary of State, offered this resolution to the Convention; it was immediately adopted. Following the vote, the delegates to the Convention of 1845 signed the Constitution of the State of Texas and adjourned. Uniformly lightly toned, usual folds. Slight show-through from docket on verso. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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