Description[Texas Republic]. Laws Passed by the Seventh Congress of the Republic of Texas. Houston: Telegraph Office, 1843. 8vo, 42 pages. Contains interesting legislation regarding import duties on French wines and free persons of color, proclamations promulgating Treaties of Commerce and Navigation with Great Britain (signed November 13, 1840); the convention with Great Britain relating to mediation by Great Britain between Texas and Mexico (signed November 14, 1840); the treaty with Great Britain for the suppression of the African slave trade (signed November 16, 1840); and the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation with the Netherlands (signed September 18, 1840), and much more. The two treaties with Great Britain were proclaimed by President Houston on September 16, 1842, and the treaty with the Netherlands on January 4, 1843. Full gold-stamped leather. Minor to moderate foxing to title page and end pages.
The Seventh Congress also played an important part in the colorful "Archive War." It began when President Houston learned of a hidden archive of government papers that was being held in Austin. The citizens of Austin, fearful that the president wished to make Houston the capital, formed a vigilante committee of residents and warned that any attempt to move state papers would be met with armed resistance. President Houston called the Seventh Congress into session at Washington-on-the-Brazos and, at the end of December 1842, sent a company of rangers to Austin with orders to remove the archives, but avoid bloodshed. The rangers were able to load the archives in wagons, but were thwarted in their escape. The archives were returned and there they remained until Austin became the capital again in 1844.
Reference: Streeter Texas 570. Sabin 95000, note.
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