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    Sam Houston. A Message from the President, Relative to Indian Affairs, with Accompanying Documents, Printed by Order of Congress. Houston: [Telegraph Power Press], 1838. First edition. Small 8vo. 13pp. Disbound pamphlet. Title page detached but present. Pages toned; scattered foxing. Otherwise, this is a well-preserved copy of an important Texas document. Very good.

    "This Message, dated at the beginning November 19, 1838, is a defense by Houston of his order of October 10, 1838, to Major General Rusk to run the boundary line with the Cherokees called for by the Cherokee Treaty of February, 1836. [... T]he Senate had on December 16, 1837, called the Cherokee treaty null and void. In this Message, Houston asserts that the rebellion of the Mexicans around Nacogdoches and the calamities in eastern Texas were due to the Militia Law, passed over his veto in December, 1837, which gave to Congress instead of to the President the right to appoint the Major General in charge of the Militia. Rusk had been put in charge of the militia by Congress. Included in the Message is a copy of 'A Talk' sent by Houston to the Alabamas and the Coushattas, and a report by Colonel Alexander Horton on the boundary line and on 'a battle' between Texans under Major General Rusk and the Indians." (Streeter 290)

    Reference: Streeter 290. Sabin 95015

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