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    Circular To Collectors And Other Officers Of The Customs. [Washington D.C.: United States Treasury Department] July 29, 1845. One folded folio page with integral blank serving as transmittal leaf. Signed in print by R.J. Walker, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Addressed to "Collector of the Customs, Bath, Main [sic]."

    On February 28, 1845, the U.S. Congress passed a bill authorizing the annexation of the Republic of Texas. The date set for annexation was December 29 of the same year. This circular orders that duties on imports from Texas into the United States must continue being collected until such time as Congress establishes collection districts for the soon-to-be-annexed state.

    The circular announces that "although there is now a solemn compact obligatory upon both parties for the admission of Texas as a State of the Union," duties on imports from Texas are to be collected as heretofore. This is said to be in accordance with the precedent established following the signing of the treaty with Spain in 1819, when exports from Florida to New Orleans were subject to duties. A precedent of similar action after the Louisiana Purchase, when Baton Rouge and "other settlements now in possession of Spain" were treated as foreign ports, is also cited. Protected in a dark blue half-calf case with blue cloth boards and gilt lettering along the spine. Minor paper loss on the integral blank where the seal was affixed, with red postal mark from "Washington City Aug 3." Document is pristine, with sharp edges and corners. Extremely rare. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1624, locating only his copy now at Yale University.

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