General Colonization Law of Mexico - January 4, 1823. Decree of the Junta Nacional Instituyente. [Mexico] [1823] With heading on p.1: PRIMERA SECRETARIA DE ESTADO. SECCION DE GOBIERNO. Four-page folder, printed on all sides. 8" x 11.5". Approved by Iturbide on January 4, 1823, and promulgated by José Manuel de Herrera the same day. Signed "Herrera" in print at end.

    As referenced by Streeter (688), in the summer of 1822 Emperor Iturbide and the Mexican Congress were at odds, so much so that with little warning, Iturbide dissolved the body on October 31. A few days later he assembled the Junta Nacional Instituyente, consisting of 45 members of the old congress that were loyal to Iturbide. It was this reformed congress that passed the colonization bill that was ultimately signed into law of January 4, 1823.

    This is a public notice announcing the official adoption of the general colonization law of January 4, 1823, considered by Streeter (694) to be "one of the fundamental laws relating to Texas." Acting under its directive, Iturbide granted Austin's petition to establish a colony in Texas (February 18, 1823). Although Iturbide was later overthrown, the subsequent Congress confirmed Austin's colonization claim on April 11, 1823. Document is protected in a red half-calf folder with marbled boards and gilt lettering. Creamy age toning gives this pristine document extra appeal. In very fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 694

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