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    Plan for the Administration of Justice in Texas, a scarce Streeter number

    [Plan for the Administration of Justice in Texas]. Supreme Government of the Free State of Coahuila and Texas. Sixteen pages, 8.5" x 12.25", untrimmed, stitched. Monclova, April 17, 1834, by Francisco Vidaurri y Villaseñor and José Miguel Falcon. Text begins: "The Constitutional Governor of the State of Coahuila and Texas to all its inhabitants, Know ye: that the Congress of the same state has decreed the following. The Constitutional Congress of the free, Independent and Sovereign State of Coahuila and Texas, desirous to provide for the happiness and prosperity of their Constituents, and to comply with the obligation imposed on them by the 192 article of the Constitution, Decree the following: a Plan for the Better Regulation of the Administration of Justice in Texas."

    Printed in two columns: Spanish text in left column, with English text in other column. Nine sections, containing 140 articles, outline the rights and provisions afforded to inhabitants. One of the most important documents of the early history of Texas as it is a very rare example of a state decree relating directly to Texas. Streeter writes that the document's significance lies in its protections offered, including a trial by jury and "protection to debtors for certain items of their property which cannot be taken in execution of judgment for debt." Untrimmed, with light toning and mild staining at margins. Third page has a small chip at the top left corner, and the edges of the last few pages exhibit some moisture damage. Housed in a modern case with quarter morocco over marbled paper; raised spine with gilt lettering and secured within an internal chemise. Docketed in Spanish on the first page: "Answered and printed." An additional handwritten endorsement appears on the final page.

    References: Streeter 805.

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