TEXAS (Republic). An Ordinance in relation to Colonization Contracts. An Ordinance assenting to the Proposals of the United States' Congress for the Annexation of Texas; adopted unanimously in Convention, at the City of Austin, 1845. Houston: printed at the Telegraph Office, 1845, 32 p. Very scarce, this is one of only five known copies.

    As noted by Streeter, in this later edition printed at Houston, the Constitution (p. [3]-28) is dated and signed as in the first edition printed at Austin, but here, as in the Convention Journal, the printed signatures of sixty members of the Convention follow Rusk's printed signature as President. The Constitution is followed by "An Ordinance," undated, assenting to the proposals of the United States' Congress for the annexation of Texas (p. 29-30, as adopted by the Convention on its opening day, July 4, 1845), and by "An Ordinance" in relation to colonization contracts (p. 31-32). The assenting ordinance was not printed in the first edition, though the colonization contracts ordinance came after the text of the Constitution in that edition, and neither was printed in the Spanish edition. Extensive holograph notations follow, in an unknown hand.

    Sharp edges and corners; minor foxing on cover, significant foxing and ink transfer on final pages. Contemporary half leather case, gilt lettering. Extremely rare; a necessity for a complete library of early Texas law. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 665. Raines, p. 231. Sabin 95065. The text of the Houston edition is reprinted in Gammel, Vol. II, p. 1275-1306.

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