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    Campaign Broadside: "To the Voters of the Second Congressional District" for the Second Texas Election of U.S. Representatives, ca. 1847. One page, 8" x 12.5", [ca. 1847], [Brazoria, Texas], defending the pro-slavery stance of Representative Timothy Pilsbury. With verso repairs to weak horizontal fold; near fine.

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    During the Republic of Texas, Timothy Pilsbury (1789-1858) served Brazoria County as their representative, and later as their senator, at the republic's capital--which, in the early 1840s, was moving from Austin to Houston to Washington-on-the-Brazos in a confusing set of events known as the Archive Wars. When Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845, Pilsbury was the first elected representative to the U.S. House of Representatives from the newly formed second congressional district of Texas in 1846.


    This broadside, printed while Pilsbury was running for reelection, implores the electorate to "Elect him again, and his power to serve you will be increased. HE IS TRIED AND TRUE. . . . Give your voice for PILSBURY." The underlying reason, though, for this broadside was that Pilsbury's views on slavery had come into question with some accusing him of being antislavery. This broadside responds to these attacks by containing a letter in which Pilsbury states, "From the earliest period of my political recollections, I took the side of the south and the Constitution in favor of slavery. Every vote, and all the influence I have ever exerted, has been upon the same side. . . . I add, that I am the owner of slaves, and all the interest I have in the world is in a slave State." The broadside must have convinced some voters that Pilsbury was proslavery enough sicne he won reelection in 1847. The broadside has handwritten notes on verso, contemporary to the printing.

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