[William H. Wharton] [Stephen F. Austin] Texas Address of the Honorable Wm. H. Wharton, Delivered in New York, on Tuesday, April 26, 1836. Also, Address of the Honorable Stephen F. Austin, Delivered in Louisville, Kentucky, on the 7th March, 1836. Together with Other Documents Explanatory of the Origin, Principles and Objects of the Contest in which Texas is at present engaged. New York: William H. Colyer, 1836. 8vo. 56pp. Bound in red three-quarter calf with marbled boards and gilt lettering along spine. Marbled endpapers. Minor wear along spine and at corners. Textblock is bright and solid. Occasional foxing on initial and terminal pages. In fine condition.

    Includes the transcripts of speeches given by Stephen F. Austin and William Wharton on the subject of the Texas revolution and the anticipated eventual annexation of the republic to the United States which were instrumental in disseminating timely and detailed information about the revolution to the rest of the country. Wharton, one of the commissioners of the Republic of Texas to the United States, urges justice in the cause in a speech presented in New York on April 26, 1836. Austin, in an address given in Louisville on March 7 of that same year, tells his audience that "freedom" is the objective of Texas and that it will be obtained only by becoming "a new republic or by becoming a State of the United States."

    This is the first printing of Wharton's address and the second printing of Austin's, but more importantly, this is the first printing of the Texas Declaration of Independence in book or pamphlet form. There follows an article entitled Great Meeting in New York, which chronicles the purposes and resolution of the meeting and notes that Col. Wharton's speech was "received with thunders of applause." Eberstadt (162:908) contends: "The work is an indispensable source for the activities in the States of the Texas Revolutionary Commissioners."

    Streeter 1260. Eberstadt 162:908. Raines, p. 218. Sabin 95114. Van Dale 192.

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