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Texas]: [Civil War]: [Brown, John Henry]
DECLARATION OF THE CAUSES WHICH IMPEL THE STATE OF TEXAS TO SECEDE FROM THE FEDERAL UNION - ALSO THE ORDINANCE OF SECESSION [caption title]
Herald Office, [San Antonio, 1861. Letterpress broadside, 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches, on purple satin, printed in five columns surrounded by an ornamental border. Old folds, creases, and resultant wrinkling. Small ink stain above "CAUSES" in the title. A handful of tiny holes, mostly marginal, but with four touching the text and affecting about ten words. A few short fold separations, minor fraying to edges. Small ink crosses next to four delegate names; one penciled arrow next to another name. Overall good plus. An extraordinary Texas secession broadside, printed on silk in San Antonio in 1861. This rare broadside enumerates the reasons Texans felt forced them to secede from the United States at the outset of the Civil War. It is one of the three documents created by the Texas Secession Convention that led to a direct vote of the people of Texas for secession. On February 1, 1861, the Convention passed the ORDINANCE OF SECESSION; the DECLARATION OF CAUSES was adopted the next day. The DECLARATION OF CAUSES was written by a committee tasked to prepare it, composed of John Henry Brown, George Flournoy, John A. Wilcox, M.D. Graham, and A.P. Wiley, though Brown is known to be the principal author. Both documents are printed on the present broadside. It is a scathing document - a states' rights document of the first order - listing a number of wrongs perpetrated on Texas by the Northern states and the federal government. In seething language, leaving no doubt about the central issue spurring on secession, the first substantive paragraph reads: "Texas abandoned her separate national … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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