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    [William H. Wharton] and [Stephen F. Austin]. Texas. Address of the Honorable Wm. H. Wharton, delivered in New York . . . April 26, 1836, Also, Address of the Honorable Stephen F. Austin, delivered in Louisville, Kentucky, on the 7th March, 1836. New York: Printed by William H. Colyer, 1836. 8vo, 56 pages. Contemporary brown full leather with gilt lettering on spine. Moderate foxing on initial and terminal pages, occasional foxing otherwise. Page 5 mismarked as "2." Lower edges of pages are cut in places, especially in the rear.

    This important pamphlet was instrumental in bringing detailed information about the Texas Revolution to the United States. It publishes the speech that Wharton, one of the commissioners of the Republic of Texas to the United States, gave in New York on April 26, 1836, urging the justice of the cause. In addition, it republishes Austin's similar address, given in Louisville on March 7 of that year, in which Austin stated that Texas declined taking up arms against Mexico until "further submission on our part would have been both ruinous and degrading," and that the object of Texas was "freedom" to be obtained by becoming "a new republic or by becoming a State of the United States."

    Appended is the first printing in book or pamphlet form of the Texas Declaration of Independence, passed at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas, on March 2, 1836. This pamphlet was probably issued immediately after the April 26 meeting where Wharton spoke.

    Reference: Streeter 1260.


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