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    Mirabeau B. Lamar. The Inaugural Address of Mirabeau B. Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas, To Both Houses of Congress, by Order of Congress. Houston: [Telegraph Power Press], 1838. First edition. Small 8vo. 11pp. Disbound pamphlet, still sewn. Light toning to pages, with one small brown spot to outer margin of pages nine and ten. Dampstain to right half of title page, not affecting other pages. Light crinkling along spine edge of pages; faint wrinkling to bottom corner of last page. Overall, this is a surprisingly nice copy of a rare and important piece of Texas history. Very good.

    "This inaugural includes the various lofty sentiments regarded at that time as necessary for such an address. It is, however, an important state paper for it comes out specifically and strongly against annexation. [...] The House Journal for Monday, December 10, 1838, records that owing to Lamar's indisposition the inaugural address was read at a joint session that day by the Assistant Secretary of the Senate. Graham, in his Life and Poems of Mirabeau B. Lamar, Chapel, 1938, has an amusing tale on p. 50 of a legend that Houston, knowing that Lamar became impatient and nervous under delay, deliberately planned a tedious, long speech which finally caused Lamar to have his speech read for him 'to an exhausted and disappointed audience.'" (Streeter 195)

    Personal copy of D[avid] S[pangler] Kaufman (1813-1851), a lawyer, Indian fighter and politician, who, at the time of this address represented Nacogdoches County in the House of the Third Congress of the republic. Kaufman's signature in ink on title page (signature has bled through to first page of address).

    According to Streeter, the Senate ordered 1,000 copies of the address to be printed on December 11, 1838; on the following day the House ordered 500 copies.

    Reference: Streeter 295. Raines, p. 135. Sabin 95018.


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