Journal of the Proceedings of the General Council of the Republic of Texas, Held at San Felipe de Austin, November 14th 1835. Houston: National Intelligence Office, 1839, 363 p. Quarto.

    Of note in these proceedings: On December 10, 1835, the General Council issued a call for an election on February 1, 1836, to choose forty-four delegates to assemble on March 1 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Representing the seventeen Texas municipalities and the small settlement at Pecan Point on the Red River, these delegates included Branch T. Archer, William H. Wharton, and Stephen F. Austin, who were sent to the United States to solicit men, money, supplies, and sympathy for the Texas cause of independence from Mexico. The following month, the agents went to New Orleans where they found enthusiastic support, but were advised that aid would not be forthcoming so long as Texans squabbled over whether to sustain the Mexican constitution.

    Texas had two navies during its short history as a nation. The first was commanded by Charles E. Hawkins, who carried the title of commodore. To protect the supply line to New Orleans the General Council authorized the purchase of four schooners on November 25, 1835, and granted letters of marque and reprisal to privateers until the ships could be armed. This first navy included the 60-ton Liberty, the 125-ton Independence, the 125-ton Brutus, and the 125-ton Invincible. All four ships were lost by mid-1837.

    The first meeting recorded here is that of November 14, 1835, and the last that of March 11, 1836, but, with the exception of two or three short meetings, the entries from and including January 19, 1836, merely record an adjournment because there was a lack of quorum. Whiting charged for printing 500 copies, less 6 copies short (Ms. bill, Archives, Texas State Library). Full gold-stamped leather. Extremely rare. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 337. Rader 3054. Raines, p. 229. Sabin 94958.

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