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    [William Harris Wharton]. Reasons why the Independence of Texas should be Immediately Recognized by the Government of the United States. [Washington]: n.p., [1837]. 8vo, 12 pages. First edition. Signed in type "Jefferson" on the final leaf. In 1835, Wharton was agitating for complete independence from Mexico in opposition to the conservative policy of Stephen F. Austin. He was with the Texan Army during the Siege of Bexar, but resigned his commission just days before he was notified that he had been appointed as one of three (along with Stephen F. Austin and Branch T. Archer) commissioners to the United States whose mission was to rally support for the Texans. After the war, President Sam Houston appointed Wharton as minister to the United States in the hopes that he could secure annexation of Texas by the United States or, at the very least, achieve recognition of her independence from Mexico. Wharton was not successful with regard to annexation, but the U.S. did recognize the Republic of Texas.

    Streeter says: "The pamphlet is signed at the end, 'Jefferson,' but Wharton's authorship is shown by a letter from him to Austin, dated . . . Jan. 15, 1837, on the progress of recognition, in which he says: Besides many small essays I have finished a pamphlet signed [']Jefferson' which puts the matter in a proper light and has done great good. I herewith send some copies of it.'"

    Traces of rusty paper clip on first and last leaves. One inch tear to gutter margin affecting text of all leaves, neatly repaired. Binding holes at the left edge. Pages 3 through 6 disbound. Moderate foxing scattered throughout. Housed in a quarter light-brown morocco over marbled boards four fold case, lettered on the spine. A scarce item.

    Reference: Streeter 1302. Sabin 103113.


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