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    Journals of the Convention, Assembled at the City of Austin on the Fourth of July 1845, for the Purpose of Framing a Constitution for the State of Texas. Austin: Miner & Cruger, Printers to the Convention, 1845, 378 p., 8vo, with modern marbled wrappers. First edition, this being Thomas W. Streeter's personal copy with leaf of notes laid in. Second only in importance to the convention that drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas (March 1836), this convention adopted the first Constitution of the State of Texas. It is one of the most indispensable sources of Texas history.

    Considered the most able body of its kind to ever be assembled in Texas, the 1845 convention included such learned and politically experienced individuals as James Pinckney Henderson, Isaac Van Zandt, Hardin R. Runnels, Abner S. Lipscomb, Nicholas H. Darnell, R. E. B. Baylor, José Antonio Navarro, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was elected president of the convention, and James H. Raymond who was named secretary. By a vote of fifty-five to one, the delegates approved the offer of annexation. Subsequently, the convention prepared the Constitution of 1845 for the new state. Housed in a contemporary half-calf case with marbled covers, gilt lettering. Pages 371-4 missing, but photostatic copies have been laid in; a number of leaves have been washed and remargined. A few sections of minor age toning and foxing, else fine. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 638 (locating 12 copies, 3 of which are defective), Streeter's personal copy. Eberstadt, Texas 162:45 (this copy). Raines, p. 231. Sabin 94978. This is the copy Donated to the Texas State Historical Association by Shirley and Clifton Caldwell.


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