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    General Instructions for the Government of Consular and Commercial Agents of the Republic of Texas. Houston: National Banner Office - Niles & Co. Printers, "Printed by order of the Secretary of State." [October 15,] 1838. 62pp. plus integral blanks. 8vo. Although the first section of the piece has separated from the rest, the document is in fine condition, showing only the faintest occasional foxing.

    The first Texas consulate was established on December 15, 1836, when President Sam Houston appointed John Woodward as consul-general at New York, although prior to that time the agents of the Republic in New Orleans had come to be spoken of as consuls. This document details the specific duties and actions required of those representing Texas outside of the state. In part: "A Consul, is not invested with any diplomatic powers, and therefore is not entitled to communicate directly with the Government of the country in which he resides; except under ... special circumstances..." The consuls acted primarily as representatives for the young Republic, providing potential immigrants with information regarding Texas, certifying documents, and relaying information to the Texas government regarding foreign attitudes towards the Republic.

    Reference: Streeter 268 (nine copies located; two in Texas). Sabin 95036.

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