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    [Texas Republic] Laws Passed by the Seventh Congress of the Republic of Texas. Published by Authority. Washington: Thomas Johnson, Public Printer - Ferry Street. 1843. 50 pp. plus Index, Abstracts, and Proclamations; 92 pp. total. In this issue, pages 41 through 48 are actually duplicates of pages 33 through 40. Page 50 is mis-numbered as page 49. Disbound and stitched. Title page bears the signature of "L.H. Maffitt, Collector Soda Lake" and several heavy ink smears. Title page notations indicate this copy was the property of the Custom House at Marshal, Harrison County. Light to moderate age toning throughout. Light to moderate foxing; occasional stains. Generally very good.

    An interesting collection of legislation which includes An Act for the protection of the Sea Coast, An Act for the protection of the Western and south Western frontier, An amendment to an act to establish and incorporate the college of De Kalb, and An Act to authorize the President to accept the services of one company of mounted men, to act as spies on the South Western frontier. Of particular note, this issue contains the text of the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation Between the Republic of Texas and Great Britain, the Treaty Between the Republic of Texas and Great Britain, for the Suppression of African Slave Trade, and the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation, between the Republic of Texas and His Majesty the King of the Netherlands.

    The Seventh Congress also played an important part in the colorful "Archive War." It began when President Houston learned of a hidden archive of government papers that was being held in Austin. The citizens of Austin, fearful that the president wished to make Houston the capital, formed a vigilante committee of residents and warned that any attempt to move state papers would be met with armed resistance. President Houston called the Seventh Congress into session at Washington-on-the-Brazos and, at the end of December 1842, sent a company of rangers to Austin with orders to remove the archives but avoid bloodshed. The rangers were able to load the archives in wagons but were thwarted in their escape. The archives were returned and there they remained until Austin became the capital again in 1844.

    Handbook of Texas Online, Archive War.

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