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    Excellent presentation copy, inscribed by George Fisher

    George Fisher: Memorials of George Fisher, Late Secretary to the Expedition of Gen. Jose Antonio Mexia, against Tampico, in November, 1835. (Houston: Telegraph Office, 1840). First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front flyleaf: "To Christopher Fallon, Esq. / of Philadelphia Penn. / With the Respects of / Geo. Fisher [flourish] / Washington DC / May 1858." Fallon was legal counsel and president of the Sunbury and Erie Railroad. Octavo (8.5" x 5.25"). 87 pages. With additional material, consisting of: 1) autograph manuscript summary titles "Index to Special Reading" on front flyleaf, 2) a separately printed biography in six pages, reprinted from Livingston, Biographical Sketches of Eminent Americans (New York, 1853-1854), 3) a seven-page pamphlet reprint from the Madisonian of 5 February 1844 and a reprint from the Panama Echo of 1 June 1850, 4) two folding leaves reprinting the text of eleven letters regarding Fisher's qualifications to be Commissioner of deeds in California.

    These Memorials are one of the most important contemporary accounts of the Texan and Louisianian attack on Tampico, compiled by George Fisher, who participated in the events. It is the only first hand account of an episode in Texas history that just missed being one of its important events. Had the Tampico Expedition from New Orleans in November, 1835, gained its objective, the course of Texas history would have been changed and its leader, General Jose Antonio Mexia, and its secretary, Fisher, would have been Texas heroes. In this memorial Fisher gathers documents in support of the claim that the invasion was supported by the leaders in Texas.

    Original brown cloth. Minor wear and soiling, front hinge starting at top, remnants of labels on front board and on front pastedown endpaper. Some browning and foxing to text leaves. Altogether, a very good copy. Housed in a cloth chemise (with descriptions mounted) and quarter morocco book-backed slipcase, lettered in gilt on the spine. One of the foundation documents of Texas history. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Ex-Yale University Library, being from the Coe Collection.

    Reference:
    Streeter Texas 384. Raines, page 82. Sabin 24460. Graff Fifty Texas Rarites 22. Howes F151.




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