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    Hezekiah Niles, editor. Niles' Weekly Register, Containing Political, Historical, Geographical, Scientifical, Statistical, Economical and Biographical Documents, Essays and Facts, Together with Notices of the Arts and Manufactures, and a Record of the Events of the Times. Baltimore: Printed by the Editor at the Franklin Press, March to September 1836. 8vo. viii, [1]-440pp. Later brown mottled sheep with gilt titles on a red leather spine title label. Edges sprinkled brown. Binding worn. Rubbed corners. Preliminary pages toned. Text bright and clean. A very good copy.

    From March to July, the Weekly Register, one of the most popular national news magazines of its time, printed a wealth of information on the struggle for Texas independence, including information on the Battle of the Alamo, the victory of Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, and mentions of the celebration of independence as late as July. Page 99 is a banner entry in Niles', as this one page contains four major pieces regarding Texas independence: an early account of Davy Crockett's speech to the people of Tennessee that "they might all go to Hell, and I would go to Texas" if they did not re-elect him; a letter from Martin Parmer to his wife from the Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos dated March 6, 1836 (the day the Alamo fell); an early printing of Sam Houston's March 5 "Army Orders"; and the full text of the Texas Declaration of Independence (concluded on the next page). A wonderful collected volume of Niles' Weekly Register, chock full of Texas history.

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