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    Texas Navy: Samuel Rhoads Fisher Autograph Letter Signed as secretary of the Texas Navy concerning the expiration of John M. Allen's naval commission. One page, 8" x 8.5", May 20, 1837, "Navy Department", Houston. Fisher explains that he has returned Allen's resignation because his commission had already expired; thus, there was no need for a resignation. In part: "In returning your resignation perhaps you are not aware that your commission expired in accordance with the 8th article of the 'Executive Ordinance' on the installation of the present Chief Executive. The necessity therefore of accepting your resignation is suspended." The "present Chief Executive" was Sam Houston, who was installed on October 22, 1836, replacing interim President David Burnet.

    Samuel Rhoads Fisher (1794-1839) was appointed naval secretary of the Republic of Texas by President Sam Houston in late 1836. Texas Naval Captain John M. Allen (?-1847), a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Texas Revolution, had commanded the Texas privateer, the Terrible, which patrolled the Gulf following the revolution. Three years after his Texas naval commission expired in 1836, he became Galveston's first mayor. This letter was part of a scrapbook, likely begun by W. L. Rodman in 1872, which contained other important early Texas letters and documents. With smoothed folds. Fine.


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