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    Raising money to protect the liberties of Texas

    Commandancy General; Army of Reserve for the Protection of the Liberties of Texas, [n.p.]. [1836]. Circular/letter printed to accompany subscription lists for loans to the government of Texas. 4 pages, folded, printed on all four pages. Octavo. First edition. Signed by Thomas Jefferson Chambers (first Anglo-American attorney in Texas). "Sir, being informed that you feel a lively interest for the welfare of Texas..."

    On January 7, 1836, the General Council of Texas passed an Ordinance and Decree authorizing Thomas Jefferson Chambers "to raise an army to be called The Army of Reserve," which Governor Smith refused to sign. The following month, on February 23, Chambers left for the United States not to return until April or May, 1837. In this circular letter he enclosed printed copies of the decree just mentioned (purported to be signed by Governor Smith), as well as a copy of his commission as General of the Army of Reserve. In his usual pompous and long-winded style, he related how Texas had been oppressed by Mexico and asked for loans and support. The letter was probably printed in Kentucky by Prentice of Prentice & Weissinger and, as it mentions the taking of the Alamo but not the massacre at Goliad, was probably distributed in April. Housed in a contemporary brown half-morocco folding box with marbled boards and gilt lettering. In very fine condition. Very rare, desirable, and important! From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1240. For authentication of this broadside see Investigating A Questioned Broadside, Andrea Knowlton, Kilgarlin Center, The University Of Texas. See also Streeter 1236.


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