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    Autobiography of President Anson Jones, the architect of annexation

    Anson Jones: Memoranda and Official Correspondence Relating to the Republic of Texas, Its History and Annexation. Including a Brief Autobiography of the Author. (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1859.) 648 pp., frontispiece portrait. First edition. Large 8vo in original brown blind-stamped cloth. Light wear and a few minor stains to binding, first and last leaves foxed, else fine.

    Anson Jones threw off the failures of young life to become an essential early Texas leader - the master diplomat that led Texas to annexation as the 28th state in the Union. Ironically, the triumph of annexation ended in personal ruin for Jones, and his final years were filled with bitterness and tragedy.

    This interesting volume contains Jones' private memoirs from 1838 to 1854, his letters and correspondence from 1836 to 1857, and selected essays and speeches, as well as a brief autobiography. As noted in Basic Texas Books 113: "Anson Jones left us the only formal autobiography of a president of the Republic of Texas." An invaluable sourcebook on the Texas Republic and its annexation, and an excellent addition to any Texana collection.

    Reference: Howes J191. Raines, p. 129. Basic Texas Books 113. Tate, The Indians of Texas 2071.

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