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    [William Walton Morris]. Considerations of the Propriety and Necessity of Annexing the Province of Texas to the United States, By a Revolutionary Officer. New York: Printed and Sold by G.F. Hopkins & Son, 1829. First and only edition. 8vo, 40 pages. Spine partially perished, light foxing and small chips, "No. 5" written in ink at the top of the title page. Housed in a custom paper chemise and a quarter-bound cloth and morocco clamshell tray case, stamped in gilt and black on the spine.

    This is the first pamphlet advocating the annexation of Texas published since it was assigned to Spain under the 1819 treaty. Morris paints Texas in glowing colors and is most critical of the treaty. It appears that Morris had written Austin on July 21, 1830 (Austin Papers, Vol. II, page 458), that he knew of Texas only from various visitors, especially visitors to Austin's Colony, and that he was a lieutenant in the American Revolutionary Army. Austin did not know of this letter when on September 25, 1830, he wrote Thomas F. Leaming of Philadelphia complaining that his friendly relations with leading Mexicans had been jeopardized by "a silly set of scribblers in the United States" and added: "The pamphlet by a revolutionary officer did us great harm."

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1109. Raines, p. 202. Sabin 95075.


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