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    Texas Revolution: The General Convention at Washington, March 1-17, 1836. 4to. 84pp. Disbound from H. P. N. Gammel's The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897. Minor overall age toning, else very fine.

    Like their ancestors of 1776, Texians realized in 1836 that their only option was independence. A convention met beginning March 1, 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Its delegates - which included former members of the United States Congress and framers of southern state constitutions - named David G. Burnet interim president. This tract documents events at the Convention in order of their occurrence.

    At the outset of the Convention, George C. Childress, a lawyer and former editor of the Nashville Banner, was appointed chairman of a committee of five to draft a Declaration of Independence. The following day Childress delivered the Declaration, which charged that Santa Anna's government "has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defence - the rightful property of freemen - and formidable only to tyrannical government." The convention adopted the Declaration on the same day. Also included is a fascinating report by Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis, dated March 3, 1836, concerning events at the Alamo and Goliad. An exceptional and informative piece of Texas history.


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