Description[Texas Republic]. Laws of the Republic of Texas in Two Volumes with a Barnard Bee Document Signed. Volume I only of the Laws. Houston: "Printed at the Office of the Telegraph by order of the Secretary of State, 1838." 8vo. 276 pp.; index, v. According to Streeter 275, "The Irion statement, noted as on p.  in the two 1837 issues of Volume I of these laws [Streeter 210 and 210A] is no longer present. Vol. I here seems to be from the same setting of type as the second issue of the Laws, published in 1837 [Streeter 210A], except for the new 1838 title page and the absence of the statement of Secretary of State Irion, which was given on p.  of the 1837 issues. It contains all the laws passed at the two sessions of the First Congress." Rebound in black cloth. Scattered foxing. The title page is toned with minor dampstaining.
The Laws of the Republic of Texas contained acts and resolutions on a myriad of topics, including such diverse matters as attorney fees, locating a permanent seat of government, an act to provide for the punishment of horse thieves, resolutions authorizing trade with Mexicans, the employment of friendly Indians, an act to incorporate the city of Houston, and hundreds of other important and fascinating acts and resolutions relative to early Texas history.
The Barnard Bee Sr. Document Signed is affixed to page 9 of the Laws and is a one page document dated January 8, 1839. Bee signs as "Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas" certifying "that the constitution appended to this first volume of the laws of the Republic of Texas as well as the volume itself was published by authority of the Secretary of State of this said Republic." Bee served the Republic in various positions: treasury secretary, state secretary (under David Burnet's interim presidency), and, later, war secretary. The letter has separations along folds (one is almost complete). Paper loss in the center of the document has been repaired, still, though, text has been lost. The seal no longer exists. Both sides of the sheet have been archivally covered for protection.
Reference: Streeter 275; Raines, p. 230; Sabin 94995-94996.
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