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    "An ordnance and Decree to establish an Auxiliary Volunteer Corps to the Army of Texas"

    Printed Circular: "To the Public. Liberty triumphing over Tyranny and Priestcraft." An Ordinance and Decree, To organize and establish an Auxiliary Volunteer Corps to the Army of Texas, and other purposes." 2 pages [blank integral removed], 7" x 9.75", "Passed at San Felipe de Austin," December 5, 1835. [Nashville, 1836].The circular bears the printed signatures of William H. Wharton, Samuel F. Austin, and Branch T. Archer as commissioners for Texas. Also the printed signatures of James W. Robinson as lieutenant governor, E. M. Pease as the secretary of general council, Henry Smith as governor, and C. B. Stewart as secretary to the executive. The decree reads in part:
    "Repeated enquiries being made of us in regard to the terms on which volunteers in the cause of Texas are received, we have thought proper, for general information, to publish the decree of the Provisional Government on the subject. It will be seen that the decree published below relates exclusively to volunteers. Texas has also a regular army, which is placed on the same footing with the regular army of these United States, in respect to pay, rations, promotion and discipline, and indeed in every respect, with the superaddition of a mile square of land as a premium to those who serve two years, or during the war. Those disposed to embark in this struggle are requested to do so promptly, as their services will be needed during the ensuing spring, more than at any time hereafter."

    Originally issued as a 4 page bi-folio, printed on first two pages. According to Streeter: "The commissioners arranged to have this folder printed when they were in Nashville, Tennessee, on their way to Washington. In their vouchers at the Texas State Library there is a receipt of S. Nye & Co. headed, 'Republican Office Nashville, Tenn,' dated February 16, 1836, and running to W.H. Wharton for $57.37, 'in full for printing 2000 Copies Ordnance & Decree for raising Volunteers for Texas.'"

    Toned with smoothed folds. Trimmed at left margin where integral blank has been removed. Staining exists in the lower left corner of the verso; no text is affected. A scarce Streeter imprint, he lists copies at the University of Texas Library in Austin, and a second copy in his own library, now at Yale.

    Reference:
    Streeter 1235.


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