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    [Texas Republic] John Tyler Texas Republic Consul Appointment Signed. One partially printed vellum page, 14.5" x 12.5", October 23, 1841, "City of Washington", appointing "Samuel G. Taylor" to "Consul of the Republic of Texas for the port of Norlolk in the State of Virginia." This document, with the bold heading "President of the United States of America", is countersigned by Acting Secretary of State W. L. Derrick (for Secretary of State Daniel Webster who was touring Europe at the time).

    Tyler, who served as U.S. president from April 1841 through March 1845, wished to annex Texas, but he had at least two problems: firstly, Mexico, which still considered Texas part of its territory, threatened war if the U.S. annexed Texas. Secondly, many Northerners feared that the annexation of Texas as a slave state would imbalance the precarious free/slave state balance in the Union. Finally, three days before the end of his presidential term, Tyler signed the Texas annexation bill on March 1, 1845. Texas was officially admitted into the Union in December 1845, under James Polk's presidency. This document is toned with folds. The handwriting has faded a bit, though Tyler's signature is very discernable. Near fine.

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