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    [Thomas Paine and others]. Sammelband of Four Historic Addresses from the Library of Lawrence Washington (signed by him in two places and with a manuscript Contents page in his hand).
    The books with the Lawrence Augustine Washington / Dr. Lawrence A. Washington / Dr. John H. Bowers provenance were once owned by members of the Washington Family in Virginia, with many purchased or belonging originally to Lawrence Augustine Washington (1774-1824), a nephew of the first president of the United States, George Washington. Lawrence was the son of Col. Samuel Washington, a younger brother to the first president who preceded George in death by eighteen years. George Washington was executor and guardian in his brother's will, so Lawrence Augustine was reared at Mount Vernon and for a short time was his famous uncle's secretary. Lawrence Washington's son, Dr. Lawrence Augustine Washington (1812-1882), a grandnephew of George Washington, set out for Texas sometime between 1845 and 1851, and lived in Colorado County. In Texas, Dr. Washington became close friends with Dr. John H. Bowers (1817-1907) who himself arrived in Texas in 1836 and was on his way to join the Texas army when the Battle of San Jacinto occurred. In ministering to the wounded he attended and befriended Mexican General Santa Anna; and also treated and became friendly with Sam Houston and other early prominent figures in the Texas Republic. When Dr. Washington prepared to move to Arkansas in 1867, he gave his considerable library to his friend Dr. Bowers. These books were passed down in the Bowers family until they finally became divided between the heirs. Half of the books turned up some years ago in a barn in Smithville, Texas, and were donated to the University of Texas. The books being offered here are from the other line of descendants in the Bowers family.

    Many of the books are signed: "Law. A. Washington" and dated. Some note the place, date or manner of acquisition. Some books have annotations and notes in Washington's hand. Several books in the collection bear the inscription of Dr. Bowers' daughter: "Mrs. Jennie Adkins / from her father / Dr. John H. Bowers / [date, often 1904]".

    More Information: Sammelband of Four Historic Addresses from the Library of Lawrence Washington (Nephew of George Washington). Signed by Washington in two places and with a manuscript Contents page in his hand. Includes: Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau. Speeches of M. de Mirabeau the Elder Pronounced in the National Assembly of France. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, et al., 1792. 120 pages. [and:] William Cobbett [translator]. Impeachment of Mr. LaFayette: Containing His Accusation, (Stated in the Report of the Extraordinary Commission to the National Assembly, on the 8th of August, 1792) Supported by Mr. Brissot of Warville; and His Defence by Mr. Vaublanc: with a Supplement. Philadelphia: John Parker, 1793. [and:] [Thomas Paine]. Letter Addressed to the Addressers, on the Late Proclamation. [London: H. D. Symonds, 1792]. 78 pages. Lacking title page. [and:] Thomas Paine. Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North-America. Philadelphia: Melchior Steiner, 1782. 77 pages. Octavo. Contemporary leather with minor rubbing. Spine worn and chipping with cracked joints. Front board attached with modern tape. Toning and foxing to leaves with occasional staining. Ownership signature's neatly excised from the title page of Mirabeau and from the half-title and page 5/6 of Abbe Raynal. Fair.

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