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    [Circular] Decree No. 270 dividing the state into seven departments, including the three departments of Bejar, Brazos, and Nacogdoches in Texas, and providing for their administration. Monclova: March 18, 1834. One page, two sided. Imperial Octavo. Signed in print by Francisco Vidaurri y Villaseñor, and José Miguel Falcon, Secretario. This copy is addressed, signed and dated by José Maria Cantu, with several other inscriptions in unknown hands. Only four copies of this important document are known to exist.

    In January, 1831, the legislature divided the Department of Bexar into two districts or departments and created the district of Nacogdoches (Decree 164; Streeter No. 768). Here, the remaining territory of the Department of Bexar was cut into again by setting up the new Department of Brazos. The dividing line began at the mouth of the Lavaca River, went south of the DeWitt colony and the Guadalupe River to the Bexar-Nacogdoches Road, and then north to the Red River. San Felipe was named the capital. Henry Smith, later governor of the provisional government of Texas, was appointed the first political chief of the new department. Gray cloth case with leather spine, gilt lettering. Small sections of paper loss at three corners; pin holes at upper and lower left corners. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference:
    Streeter 804: locating only four copies, this being the Eberstadt copy, 162:249. Kimball's Laws of Coahuila and Texas, p. 245.


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