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    Journal of the Proceedings of the General Council of the Republic of Texas. Held at San Felipe de Austin, November 14th 1835. Houston: National Intelligencer, 1839. First edition. 8vo. 526pp. including Index. Full tan sheep binding with embossed front board; raised bands, leather labels, and gilt lettering on spine. Signed on title page by Valentine Overton King, with numerous penciled notations. This once high-quality issue bears the scars of much use and many years. Heavy wear to all outer surfaces with areas of peeling of leather on verso board. Spine is well worn. Water stain on initial pastedown; heavy toning to endpapers. Initial pages show moderate foxing; occasional moderate to heavy foxing throughout. Very good.

    The provisional government set up by the Consultation was the only governing body in Texas from November 15, 1835, until March 1, 1836, but during much of the period it was inactive. Personalities clashed and the governor (Henry Smith) and the council quarreled bitterly on several important issues: there was no agreement as to the powers of the governor; the council wished to cooperate with Mexican liberals; Smith wished to ignore the Declaration of November 7 and proceed as though Texas were an independent state; conflict regarding the proposed Matamoros expedition. As a result of the various controversies, Smith made an attempt to dissolve the council, which retaliated by impeaching Smith and recognizing Robinson as head of state. For all practical purposes the provisional government then ceased to exist, and Texas was without leadership during the critical month of February 1836. By placing the government in the hands of incompetent officials with opposing views, the Consultation deprived Texas of the services of its ablest men, among them Stephen F. Austin, William H. Wharton, and Branch T. Archer, who were sent as commissioners to the United States, as well as Sam Houston, who was made commander in chief of a nonexistent army.

    This issue was the personal property of Valentine Overton King, physician, state official, historian, and first Commissioner of the state's Department of Insurance, Statistics & History. King's huge archive of historical Texana was donated to the Texas State Library following his death.

    Reference:
    Streeter 337. Howes T130. Raines, p. 229. Eberstadt 162:195.


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