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    Important maps of final boundaries of the Republic of Texas

    John Tyler: Message from the President of the United States, Communicating, In Compliance with a Resolution of the Senate, Copies of the Proceedings of the Commissioner Appointed to run the Boundary Line Between the United States and the Republic of Texas. (Washington, DC: Thomas Allen, printer. [March 21, 1842.]) 8vo. 74 pp., plus two five-page annexed sections: In further compliance with a resolution of the Senate, copies of correspondence relative to the demarcation of the boundary line between the United States and Texas. Six fold-out maps. Slight age toning and minor foxing throughout, else very fine. Contemporary blue full-leather with black leather label on spine, gilt lettering.

    On December 19, 1836, the Texas Congress unilaterally set the boundaries of the new Republic, declaring the Rio Grande to be the southern boundary, even though Mexico had refused to recognize Texas independence. The eastern border with Louisiana presented additional problems, and President Sam Houston took up the matter with the United States through diplomatic channels.

    Ultimately, a treaty was signed in Washington on April 25, 1838, which provided that each government would appoint a commissioner and a surveyor to run the boundary. Texas chose Memucan Hunt and John Overton to join their United States counterparts at the mouth of the Sabine River. The work stalled when the commissioners could not agree on whether Sabine Lake was the "Sabine river" named in the treaty. On November 24, 1849, after annexation, the United States Congress recognized the Texas claim that the boundary ran through the middle of the lake.

    This work contains some of the most important maps in Texas history, showing the final boundaries between Texas and the United States, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Red River. The map of the Sabine Pass is on an unusually large scale (1 inch = 2 miles). Also included is a 3-foot long map of the Sabine River.

    A must have for any complete Texana collection.

    Reference:
    Phillips, America, p. 843. Streeter 1432. Streeter (1438n)


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