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    [Texas Revolution]. Two Letters Regarding Aid Given to the Texas Independence Movement Reprinted as a Circular in 1851 including: Samuel St. John Typed Letter Unsigned. One page, 8" x 10", Mobile, February 22, 1836, the birthday of George Washington, addressed to "His Excellency, Henry Smith, Governor of Texas." It reads in part: "Sir: -On this memorable day, dear to the heart of every American, who would venerate the memory of the 'Father of his Country,' I would beg leave to offer to the People of Texas, a donation of Five Thousand Dollars, to aid them in their struggle for Liberty - a struggle to free them from the shackle of usurpation and lawless Tyranny." He then exclaims the wonders of Texas and offers encouragement to the emerging cotton business. The Mexican Army would arrive at the Alamo the next day. On March 2, eight days after the writing of this letter, the Texas Declaration of Independence would be signed and the Republic of Texas proclaimed. [and:] William H. Jack Typed Response Letter as Secretary of State. One page, 8" x 10", Velasco, June 1, 1836, to Samuel St. John, Jr. It reads in part: "I am instructed by the President [David G. Burnet] and Cabinet of the Government of Texas, to say to you, that we have viewed your conduct with pleasure, and are impressed with a sense of the liveliest gratitude, for the repeated evidences of disinterested liberality, which our Country has received at your hands...But for the frequent, and well timed is scarcely probable that we could have sustained the war up to this period; and Texas the finest portion of the continent, might now have been, what Santa Anna, had threatened to make it, 'a Howling Wilderness.'" At the bottom is written: "I hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy, of a letter, as taken from the records of this office. Given under my hand and official seal, at the City of Austin, the 24th day of June, A. A. 1851. James F. Johnson, Act'g Sec'y of State." The Treaties of Velasco, which ended the Texas Revolution, were signed two weeks prior to the writing of this letter. Both letters are 1851 reprints on one piece of blue paper, folded in the middle. Fold creases are present with some chipping along the edges. Very fine.

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