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    [Republic of Texas]. Invitation Addressed to John Birdsall, Attorney General of the Republic of Texas, to Attend a Ball to be Given in the Representatives Hall. Circa 1837. 4.5" x 7" (folded). One page. Satiny paper. Partially printed and completed in holograph. With holograph address "To the Attorney General" neatly penned on the verso. Fine.

    A great rarity dating to the second year of the Republic of Texas, Birdsall having been appointed Attorney General on August 15, 1837, and serving only briefly in that capacity. The managers of the ball whose names are subscribed to the invitation are among the leading men of the early Republic and include Francis Lubbock, who was appointed Comptroller of the Republic by President Sam Houston and later served as governor of Confederate Texas; James W. Scott, who arrived in Texas on April 21, 1836, and was appointed paymaster in the Texas army in May of 1837; William Gordon Cooke, who came to Texas in October 1835, served on Houston's staff at the Battle of San Jacinto and at the time of the ball was operating a drug store in Houston, having retired from the army earlier in the year; William M. Sheppard, who moved to Texas before the Revolution, served as a surgeon in the Texas army and was appointed Secretary of the Navy on December 5, 1837; Berhard Elliott Bee, Sr., a South Carolinian who settled in Texas in 1836 and subsequently served as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State in David G. Burnet's ad interim government, as Secretary of War under Sam Houston and as Secretary of State in the first administration of Mirabeau B. Lamar; and J. T. Doswell who was one of the incorporators of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce in 1845. A beautiful example of ephemera from the early days of the Texas Republic in fine condition with only a hint of fading to the ink.

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