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    [David G. Burnet] Reprimand Delivered by the President of the Senate to Hon. Robert Wilson. By Order of the Senate. Houston: Telegraph Power Press, January 13, 1839. 8vo. 8pp. Sewn binding. Very faint occasional foxing, else fine.

    Robert Wilson was a soldier, entrepreneur, and Texas politician who was elected to the Texas legislature in 1836 and served a three-year term. In 1838, Wilson was a self-announced candidate for president, but he received only 25 votes against Mirabeau B. Lamar's nearly 7000.

    This official reprimand was issued to Wilson following a drunken spree within Congressional halls which resulted in the defeat of secret sessions of the Congress. It reads in part: "Robert Wilson, I am required by a vote of this Senate, of which you were late a Member, to administer to you a Reprimand for your indecent and outrageous conduct in approaching and entering these Halls of Legislation on the afternoon of the 11th instant, during the session of both Houses of Congress, at the head of an inebriated crowd, with great noise and tumult... You have been guilty of a high offence against the dignity of the Senate and of the honorable House of Representatives, who were also disturbed by the rude and disgusting conduct of yourself and your associates... You have not impaired the respectability of the Congress of Texas: but, so far as it is possible for human folly and indiscretion, to descend on the scale of degradation, you have wrought an abiding disgrace to yourself and your misguided comrades... It is then your duty and your highest wisdom, to pause in your silly and thoughtless career: and to reflect seriously on the error of your ways..."

    In 1844 Wilson ran again for president and this time was completely ignored. Surely his drunken antics did not help his campaign; however Robert Wilson's legacy as an original settler of Texas lives on: NASA is situated on Wilson's former landholdings, and secret sessions of the legislature are still unconstitutional.

    Reference: John H. Jenkins, Audubon and Other Capers, Austin, 1976, at p. 87. Streeter 344, (locating two copies; one TxWFM). Sabin 94971.



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