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    [General Thomas Jefferson Chambers]. Documents Connected with the Late Controversy between Gen. T. J. Chambers of Texas, and Messrs. Wilson & Postlethwaite of Kentucky. Louisville: Prentice & Weissinger, Printers, 1836. 8vo, 27 pages. Plain blue wraps. Modern quarter-bound slipcase in red cloth with red, gilt lettered spine and red tri-fold protective case in red cloth over boards. During the Texas Revolution, agents from Texas roamed the United States pleading for military aid. Thomas J. Chambers was one such agent. Having first been against the rebellion, but now in full support of it, he requested a major general's commission and in exchange he traveled to Kentucky where he would "engage emigrants and raise the means to equip and supply the army by pledging the faith of our republic." Colonel Edward J. Wilson and Captain G. L. Postlethwaite were among those that answered the call.

    Receiving a chilly reception by President Burnet and his Cabinet, they returned to Kentucky with 80 of their men, and wrote a disparaging letter about the people of Texas, and General Chambers in particular, which ignited a war of words in a Louisville newspaper. Chambers then retaliated with a letter in defense not only of himself, but of Texas. Wilson, he says, "appeared to be animated by the same noble and chivalric feelings as his companions, but who, it would seem by his subsequent conduct, was actuated by motives purely selfish, and is capable of cherishing feelings of the deepest revenge for the slightest disappointment of his avarice or vanity." He goes on to present testimonies of the situation by other volunteers from Kentucky which refutes the stance of Wilson and Postlethwaite. Chambers, still in Louisville, remained to await the arrival of Wilson and Postlethwaite and was advised of "the probability of a street attack...made upon him" to which he made "arrangements to call them out and fight them on the same day...if challenged."

    With the possibility of an impending duel, the remainder of the publication consists of letters between the friends of both parties negotiating an honorable way for the men to avoid bloodshed. A fascinating read. Light shelfwear to slipcase. Light to moderate scattered foxing; toned margins. Else fine.

    Reference: Sabin 95079.


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