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    Ashbel Smith. Reminiscences of the Texas Republic. Annual Address Delivered Before the Historical Society of Galveston, December 15, 1875. By Ashbel Smith. With a Preliminary Notice of the Historical Society of Galveston. Galveston: Historical Society of Galveston. Galveston: Historical Society of Galveston, 1876. First edition of 100 copies, with the printed signature numbers on pages 17, 33, 49, etc. 8vo. [i, half-title]-xvi, 82pp. Original publication in wrappers bound into modern full leather with gilt titles and rules to spine (original outer wrappers not bound in). Marbled endpapers. Minor toning to pages. With pencil underlining and annotations throughout. Else, a near fine copy.

    "Written by one of the wisest men of early Texas, this is the most astute first-hand account of the diplomatic activities leading to annexation. [...] The text is personal but objective, a blended narrative of anecdote and analysis. Smith reviews the Texas border question, the various votes and movements for recognition and annexation in Texas and the United States, his activities in France and England, and the treaties which he negotiated. He carefully treats the slavery issue and corrects the 'grave' errors in the 'incomplete and otherwise not wholly reliable history of Texas by Yoakum'" (Jenkins, Basic Texas Books).

    References: Basic Texas Books 186. Howes A574. Raines, p. 190. Sabin 82341.

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