Baptists, Texas. Union Baptist Association.
Minutes of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Union Baptist Association, held with Mount Gillead [sic] Church Washington County, Western Texas. On the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh days of October, 1845.
Printed at the Intelligencer Office, La-Grange,--Texas. 1845
616; 8 p., text printed in double columns. 22 cm.; Here the Minutes, p. -5, are followed by the Statistical Table listing sixteen churches, p. 6, the circular letters, p. -8, and report of a committee unanimously adopted, recommending a change in the Articles of Faith, p. 8. Albert G. Haynes was elected Moderator in place of W.M. Tryon, and R.E.B. Baylor was re-elected Corresponding Secretary. For a general note on this association see note to the first meeting, entry No. 379.; Locations: TxFwSB.
[Circular letter to Texas merchants, dated at beginning, "Paris 1rst June 1841.", with letterhead at left:] Theodore Barbey, Consul of Texas, at Paris. Commission House at Havre and in Paris.
1375; [Text begins:] Sir, Having been established at Havre and in Paris for many years, as a Commission Merchant for receiving Consignments of Cotton and foreign produce ... I beg leave to offer you my services for any Commercial Transactions ... [Signed at end:] Theodore Barbey, Consul for the republic of Texas at Paris, and Commission Merchant in Havre ... [Followed by note on the port of Havre, table of duties on Texas cotton and sales of Louisiana cotton.]; Broadside. 27 x 21 cm.; The circular makes the comment that the treaty between France and Texas (this was signed September 29, 1839) placed Texas on a most favored nation basis. It also states that orders for purchases will be executed only after they have been covered by remittances in specie or approved bills.; Locations: Tx. TxU.
Le Téxas par Théodore Barbey Consul du Téxas à Paris et Négociant Commissionnaire au Havre.
Cette Brochure Se Trouve à Paris chez l'Auteur Rue de l'Echiquier, n 10 et dans les Principaux Ports de Mer. Mar. 1841
1374; Indépendance de la république du Téxas reconnue par les principaux gouvernemens ... description du territoire ... villes, population, commerce, productions ... progrés, communications, exportation, tarif des droits de douane. Prix: Un franc.; 22 p., blank leaf. 24 cm.; In a "Note de L'Auteur" on the leaf following the title page, Barbey says that this pamphlet has been compiled to answer the numerous questions asked of him as Texas Consul and that much of it is based on Kennedy's Texas (entry No. 1385) and the accounts of Texas by Leclerc (entry No. 1362) and Fournel (entry No. 1378). The entry pretty well states the contents. Barbey's last communication in the pamphlet is dated July 31, 1841. Barbey was dismissed as consul and Henri Castro took his place.; Raines, p. 21. Sabin 3336.; Locations: CU-B. NjP. PPL. TxH. TxU.
Resumen instructivo, que publica el Comisario de Division del Exército de Operaciones sobre Tejas.
Matamoros: Imprenta del Mercurio a Cargo de Juan Southwell. 1837
918; En él se da razon del estado que guarda la Comisaria de su cargo, así como de otros negocios relativos, que han ocurrido desde su nombramiento hasta su separacion de ella, verificada el dia once de Marzo de 1837.; 36 p., 2 tables. 20.2 cm. Printed paper wrappers. Brief title on front wrapper, with imprint: Matamoros: Imprenta del Mercurio, Abril de 1837. Dated and signed on p. 36: Matamoros 14 de Marzo de 1837. Miguel Barreiro. In the fall of 1836 the Mexican government attempted, with complete lack of success, another expedition into Texas. This is an account by Barreiro of carrying out his duties as Comisaría General del Exército del Norte for the period from October 21, 1836, to March 14, 1837. He discusses the source of his revenues which totalled some 484,000 pesos and gives a general account of the way these revenues were disbursed.; Locations: C-S. CSmH. CU-B. CtY. DLC. TxU. BNM. TWS.
Barrow, Alexander, 1801-1846.
Address of Mr. Alexander Barrow, of Louisiana, to His Constituents, upon the Annexation of Texas.
1474; 8 p. 22 cm.; This Address by a Whig senator from Louisiana, defending his intention to vote against ratification of the annexation treaty, is dated at the end, Washington, May 24, 1844. War with Mexico, and in all probability with England and perhaps with France, would result and "our national honor would be tarnished ... by the infraction of solemn treaty obligations." Barrow, speaking as a slaveholder and upholder of slavery, says he believes annexation would drain their slaves to Texas and would peril the institution of slavery. The general trend of Barrow's argument is the same as that advanced a little later in the Letter of Waddy Thompson (entry No. 1540), another Whig slaveholder. It is idle to speculate now how much of these slaveholding Whigs's arguments against annexation were due to conviction and how much to their hopes for the election of Clay as president.; Locations: TxGR. TWS.
... Au Comité Central Démocratique de la Paroisse Ascension.
1475A; Another edition [of entry No. 1475], in English.; [n.p. 1844.]; No copy located, but it appears from the edition in French (entry No. 1475) that the Democratic Central Committee of Ascension ordered 500 copies of the letter printed in French and in English. In this letter supporting annexation, Barrow takes a fling at his namesake, Senator Barrow, for not voting against confirmation of the "abolitionist" Everett as Ambassador to England. Barrow's argument for annexation is extraordinary. He says that otherwise England will send an army of 30,000 Negroes to help Mexico subdue Texas. After Texas is subdued the 30,000 Negroes will station themselves on our frontier at the Sabine River!.
... Au Comité Central Démocratique de la Paroisse Ascension.
1475; [Letter signed by Barrow and dated at head, Paroisse de Terrebonne, 23 Août 1844, opposing Clay and supporting Polk for the presidency. Text begins:] Messieurs, Pendant que j'étais parmi vous ... [Followed by resolutions of the Democratic Central Committee of Ascension supporting Texas annexation, and ordering that 500 copies of the above letter be printed in French and in English.]; 4-page folder printed on pages  and , in double columns. 32 x 20 cm.; In this letter supporting annexation, Barrow takes a fling at his namesake, Senator Barrow, for not voting against confirmation of the "abolitionist" Everett as Ambassador to England. Barrow's argument for annexation is extraordinary. He says that otherwise England will send an army of 30,000 Negroes to help Mexico subdue Texas. After Texas is subdued the 30,000 Negroes will station themselves on our frontier at the Sabine River!; Locations: TWS.
[Barton, Seth, 1795-1850].
The Randolph Epistles.
1476; To the Delegates of the National Democratic Convention. [At head of first column:] Texas and the Nomination ... The party and its leaders committed to Texan Reannexation--Mr. Van Buren's secession from the party on that subject ... [Arguments by a southerner against the nomination of Van Buren. Text, dated Washington City, May 25, 1844, begins:] Fellow-Democrats: When common dangers meanace common interests ... men are often brought together in council and in conference, whom distance and circumstance seemed to have sundered ... [Signed at end:] Randolph of Roanoke.; Broadside in five columns. 60 x 47 cm.; This lengthy broadside in small type, dated the day of the opening of the National Democratic Convention, is bitterly against Van Buren because of his negative attitude towards annexation. Much sarcasm is displayed at the simultaneous appearance on April 27 of the letters of Clay and Van Buren against annexation, Clay's in the National Intelligencer and Van Buren's in the Globe. The Convention is urged to consider "noble spirits ... with fit capacities for executive administration," such as, "Cass and Buchanan, and Woodbury and Stewart, good Democrats and true." Not mentioned was the name of James K. Polk which two days later swept through the convention like a storm.; Locations: NN.
Beales, John Charles.
Rio Colorado grant.
[New York?]. 
1141.1; [Certificate of ownership for 1 sitio of land within the grant.] Broadside 20 x 30 cm.; Dated New York, November 1, 1834, and signed in ms. by Beales as empresario and attorney for co-empresarios Mariano Dominguez, Fortunato Soto, and Juan Ramon Milo de la Roca.; Locations: CtY.
Bean, Peter Ellis, 1783-1846.
Columbus Enquirer --- Extra.
[Columbus, Georgia. Office of the Columbus Enquirer]. [1833?]
1133; [At head of first column:] Letter from Ellis Bean, Colonel of Cavalry of the Mexican Republic, to Lewis Cass, Secret[a]ry of War. Nacogdoches, Texas, 24th Feb. 1333 [i.e. 1833]. [Letter relating to Indian incursions into Texas, signed, "P.E. Bean. Colonel of Cavalry of the Mexican Republic.", and followed by additional facts and comment on the plan of the Creek Nation to settle in Texas quoted from an unidentified source. At foot below rule, four lines concerning Benjamin Hawkins who is mentioned in the text above.] Broadside in three columns. 27 x 22 cm.; Bean complains that several hundred Choctaws had recently located within twenty-five miles of Nacogdoches and that agents of the Creek nation located in Florida had been looking for locations in Texas to settle several tribes of the Creeks. The comment from an unidentified source which follows severely criticizes Archibald Hotchkiss, Texas agent of the Galveston Bay Company, for negotiating with Benjamin Hawkins, an agent of the Creeks, for the transfer of large blocks of lands from the Filisola grant to the Creeks. There is an article on Bean in the Handbook of Texas.; Locations: OkTG.
Mexico in den ereignissvollen Jahren 1832 und 1833 und die Reise hin und zurück aus vertraulichen Briefen mit einem Anhange uber die neuesten Ereignisse daselbst aus officieller Quelle nebst mercantilischen und statistischen Notizen von C. C. Becher, damaligem Sub-Director der Rheinisch-Westindischen Compagnie, Ritter des rothen Adler-Ordens vierter Classe.
Hamburg, in Commission bei Perthes & Besser. [On verso of back wrapper:] Langhoffsche Buchdruckerei. 1834
1142; Mit einer Karte und lithographirten Ansicht der Hochebene von Mexico. [Two lines from Othello.]; xii p., 1 leaf, 269 p., frontispiece, folding map at end. 21 cm. Printed paper wrappers. Wrapper title: Mexico. Von C.C. Becher. Vignette on verso of back wrapper. Map: [Map, without title, of Mexico and the adjacent Parts of the United States.] Lith bei J. Lehnhardt in Mainz. 25 x 36 cm. Boundaries colored. No graphic scale, but about 180 miles to the inch. Prime meridian: "Cadix." "Bemerkungen" in lower left corner signed: M.L. Bueno. There is a fairly important discussion of the colonization of Texas at pages 259-260, with the prediction that immigration from the United States is increasing at such a rate that before long Texas will secede from Mexico. Becher calls Texas the most beautiful and important part of Mexico and advises German settlers to go there rather than to Missouri, as the climate is better and the soil more fertile. Various statistics on Texas are also given. The Sabin entry gives no collation.; Sabin 4220.; Locations: DLC. IU. MH. NHi. NN. TWS.
Belani, H.E.R., pseudonym.
See [Haeberlin, Carl Ludwig], entry No. 1380.
Bell, Thomas W. 1815-1871.
A Narrative of the Capture and Subsequent Sufferings of the Mier Prisoners in Mexico, captured in the cause of Texas, Dec. 26th 1842 and liberated Sept. 16th 1844.
Printed for the Author, at the Press of R. Morris & Co. De Soto County Mississippi. 1845
1563; By Thos. W. Bell One of the Captives.; 108 p. 16 cm.; On verso of title is 1845 copyright of Bell in the District of West Tennessee. A general note on this Narrative of Bell and on the other two contemporary accounts of the Mier expedition follows the entry for Green's Journal of the Texian Expedition against Mier, New York, 1845 (entry No. 1581). Bell who was the only one of the three who was a member of the expedition until the final release and the arrival of the main body of prisoners at New Orleans, tells his story simply, briefly, and well. At the end of this little volume is the signature Mary Alletha Willis and under it a note written many years ago recites that Mary Willis was the young widow of a Mier prisoner and that Bell "was waiting on him and took his messages the night he died in the prison. When the prisoners got home Thos. Bell met and married Mrs. Willis who brought up a large family and died 1897 at Wrightson Texas aged 73 years." So in this case Bell's sufferings had a happy ending. The first installment of a series of letters by Thomas W. Bell, edited by Miss Llerena Friend, Librarian of the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center, appeared in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly for July, 1959 (Vol. LXIII, No. 1). This Narrative was one of the gems in the collection of the late Earl Vandale of Amarillo, Texas, a fine gentleman, a keen collector, and a good friend of the writer of this note.; Locations: TxU.
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858.
Selections of Editorial Articles from the St. Louis Enquirer, on the subject of Oregon and Texas, as originally published in that paper, in the years 1818-19; and written by the Hon. Thomas H. Benton, to which is annexed, his Speech in the Senate of the United States, in March, 1825, on the bill for the Occupation of the Columbia River.
St. Louis: Missourian Office. 1844
1477; 45 p. 24 cm.; Except for two editorials on the 1819 Treaty with Spain, the text treats almost entirely of the Oregon question, but it is entered because of "Texas" in the title. The introduction, dated at the end, St. Louis, March, 1844, with the caption title, "To the Democracy of Missouri," states that it is published by a delegation to the State Democratic Convention.; Locations: CSmH. CtY. DLC. MoS. MoSU. Tx (imperfect). TxWB (imperfect). WHi. TWS.
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858.
Speech of Thomas H. Benton of Missouri, in Senate, Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, May 16th, 18th and 20th, 1844--in secret session on the Treaty for the Annexation of Texas to the United States.
Little Rock: Printed by B.J. Borden. 1844
1478; 28 p., text printed in double columns. 22 cm.; Benton was a Jacksonian Democrat and a long-time friend of Texas, but he was loyal to Van Buren, whose lukewarm attitude towards annexation was to cost him the Democratic nomination for president, and he detested Tyler and hated Calhoun. The net result of these emotional conflicts was this lengthy speech against ratification of the treaty. It is summarized in a long note at page 265 et seq. of Smith's Annexation of Texas, the main arguments being that annexation would cause war with Mexico, and that it was not a case of "now or never" for ultimately Texas would be ours and would not seek an English alliance. This edition of a congressional speech in the year 1844 is individually entered because of its publication away from Washington.; Allen, Arkansas Imprints, 120.; Locations: CtY. DLC. TxSa. TxU. TWS.
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858.
Three Speeches of the Honorable Thomas H. Benton, Senator from the State of Missouri, two delivered in the Senate of the United States, and One at Boonville, Indiana, on the Subject of the Annexation of Texas to the United States.
New York. 1844
1479; 48 p., text printed in double columns. 25 cm.; The introduction to these speeches has the heading, "To the Freemen of the State of New York," and states, "We do not object to the Annexation of Texas. We object to its annexation as a Slave-holding Country." The three speeches are: Benton's speech on the treaty, delivered in May (p. -30), his speech of June 12 on his plan for annexation (p. 30-46), and "Mr. Benton's Speech in Boonville" (p. 46-48). See note to entry No. 1478 for Benton's position on annexation.; Sabin 4787, note.; Locations: CtY. ICN. MB. MH. NHi. NN. Tx (imperfect). TxGR. TxU. TWS.
Bexar. Anniversary Ball.
228; [Cut of five-pointed star with soldier at left and right.] ... [Invitation in Spanish, dated at end "Bexar, 18 de April de 1838" and signed by Joseph Baker and twenty-three other managers, to a banquet and ball to be given on the twenty-first of April, by Colonel Seguin and the men of the company he commanded at the battle of San Jacinto, in celebration of the anniversary of the Texan victory.]; 4-page folder printed on page . 19.8 x 12.4 cm.; Among the Directores were El. Hon. Erasmo Seguin, Coronel W.H. Karnes and W.H. Daingerfield. Colonel Seguin was Colonel John N. Seguin, a son of Erasmo. I have for a long time now wondered where this invitation, dated only three days before the party, could have been printed. The only presses operating in Texas in April, 1838, of which I have a record, were those at Nacogdoches--clearly too far away--Houston, Brazoria and Matagorda. The Seguins, Daingerfield and Karnes were all citizens of San Antonio de Bexar, or of Bexar as it was more commonly called at that time, and all have sketches in the Handbook of Texas. Many of the other signers had Spanish names, indicating that they also were citizens of Bexar.; Locations: TxHSJM.
Representacion dirijida por el Ilustre Ayuntamiento de la ciudad de Bexar al Honorable Congreso del Estado, manifestando los males que aflijen los pueblos de Texas, y los agravios que han sufrido desde la reunion de estos con Coahuila.
[At end:] Imprenta del Ciudadano D.W. Anthony, Brazoria. 1833
37; Blank leaf, 16 p., blank leaf. 19 cm.; Caption title.; This important state paper, which is usually referred to as the Bexar Remonstrance, is dated at the end "Bejar 19 de Deciembre de 1832" and signed by José Antonio de la Garza and six others--all of them Mexicans. It is a vigorous statement of the ills from which Texas was suffering because of the alleged neglect and indifference of the central government, ending with fourteen specific demands for relief. It is especially significant as the Ayuntamiento of Bexar had declined to participate in the October, 1832, convention. It appears from letters of January 20, 25, February 3 and 4, 1833, from D.W. Anthony, publisher of the Constitutional Advocate and Texas Public Advertiser, to Austin (Austin Papers, Vol. II, p. 917, 919 and 924), that this Spanish draft of the Remonstrance was published early in February, 1833, and that an English translation by Austin was published in Anthony's newspaper. Unfortunately none of the issues of Anthony's paper for around this period have survived. The Bexar Remonstrance is reprinted in Filisola's Memorias para la Historia de la Guerra de Tejas, México, Tipografia de R. Rafael, 1848, Vol. I, p. 279-301. Dr. Barker in his Life of Austin devotes four pages (410-413) to the Remonstrance. There is a summary in Brown, History of Texas, Vol. I, p. 233-235. I bought my copy of this interesting document at one of the auctions of the Texas State Historical Association some years ago. It had at one time belonged to Austin and bears his well-known signature, "E.F. Austin Mexico 1835," the "E" being for "Estevan." In September, 1947, a copy was listed in a Mexican book dealer's catalogue at $2500 U.S.; Locations: TWS.
Birney, James Gillespie, 1792-1857.
... Birney on Texas.
1480; 4 p., text printed in double columns. 23 cm.; Caption title, with "No. 13." at head. Birney, a foe of slavery, believed, unlike William Lloyd Garrison of Massachusetts, in attacking slavery by constitutional and political means. He was a leader in organizing the Liberal Party in 1840 and was its candidate for president in 1840 and 1844. Here he answers a questionnaire of a Pittsburgh group on the opinions on annexation of all the candidates for president and declares that annexation would be unconstitutional and that he would take every honorable means to prevent it. In the 1844 election the Liberal Party votes undoubtedly came largely from the Whigs and were an important factor in the election of Polk. There is a long and good account of Birney in the Dictionary of American Biography.; Locations: CtY. ICN. TWS.
Birney, James Gillespie, 1792-1857.
A letter from Mr. Birney, occasioned by some remarks respecting him, in the Albany Evening Journal.
1563.1; 4p. 23 cm.; Caption title. "From the Albany Argus, May 22." The Evening Journal accused Birney, presidential candidate of the Liberty party, of attempting to elect Polk and secure the annexation of Texas by drawing votes away from Clay. Birney's answer is that the abolition of slavery, not just opposition to Texas annexation, is the purpose of the Liberty party. Since both Whig and Democratic candidates were pro-slavery, support of either would be suicidal for the party, and election of Clay would at best only delay annexation for four years.; Locations: CtY.
Blanchard, Pharamond, and Dauzats, Adrien.
San Juan de Ulùa ou Relation de l'Expédition Française au Mexique, sous les ordres de M. le Contre-Amiral Baudin; par MM. P. Blanchard et A. Dauzats.
Paris. Chez Gide, Editeur, Rue de Seine S.-G. 6 bis. [On verso of half title:] A. Pihan de la Forest, Imp. de la Cour de cassation, Rue des Noyers, 37. 1839
1343; Suivi de notes et documents, et d'un aperçu général sur l'état actuel du Texas, par M.E. Maissin, lieutenant de vaisseau, aide-de-camp de l'amiral Baudin. Publié par Ordre du Roi, sous les auspices de M. le Baron Tupinier, alors Ministre de la Marine.; xii, 591 p., 18 plates as listed on p. [xi]. 29 cm.; In some copies p. ix-xii, the list of chapters and table of plates, are bound at the end. This narrative is entered because of the account of Texas given by Maissin in Note XIII at pages -572. Blanchard, who made the voyage, and Dauzats, who joined afterwards in writing the account, were both artists. Maissin (Louis-Eugène, 1811-1851) is listed in Larousse, Grand Dictionnaire Universel, Paris, [1865-1890] (Vol. 10, p. 970), as a naval officer and writer. The visit of the French officers to Brazoria, Houston, and Galveston in May, 1839, is first described (four pages) and then follows a thoughtful description of the country, its government, commerce, and social customs. The last is especially interesting. It seems that even at this late date the French charts, which were based on data of Spanish navigators, were a degree and a half in error for the longitude of Galveston, and in sailing from Vera Cruz, instead of finding themselves off Galveston, they found after a delay of two days that they were twenty marine leagues west of Galveston "et à peu de distance d'une rivière, le Brazos, non indiquée sur nos cartes" (p. 523).; Raines, p. 145. Sabin 5832.; Locations: CU-B. CtY. DLC. ICN. MB. MH. NHi. NN. Tx. TxU. TWS. Also other libraries.
Documentos que el vice-gobernador del Estado de Coahuila y Tejas manifiesta al publico … [Leona-Vicario, 1830].
See entry No. 755.
El Sr. D. Victor Blanco representante por el Estado de Coahuila y Tejas, en la camara de Senadores, con fecha 6 del corriente, dice al Ecsmo. Sr. gobernador de este Estado lo que a la letra copio.
786; [Text of letter, published by the Secretary of the State of Coahuila and Texas, followed by a short statement dated and signed by him at the end:] Monclova 26 de noviembre de 1833. José Miguel Falcon secretario.; Broadside. 30.7 x 21.3 cm.; This important letter gives a detailed account of Austin's meeting with Santa Anna on November 5, 1833, at which he presented the petitions of the Texas convention of April, 1833. General Barragan, Lorenzo de Zavala, and other high ranking Mexicans were present as well as Blanco, and two other unnamed representatives of the state of Coahuila and Texas. In the conference Santa Anna indicated he would sanction repeal of Article 11 of the law of April 6, 1830, would facilitate regular mails for Texas, and remove existing obstacles to the development of its agriculture and industry. He held, however, that Texas must continue to be joined with Coahuila, unless it wished for territorial status. This last was no concession, for statehood, even as part of Coahuila, was better than a territorial status with direct rule by the central government. Not long after this meeting Santa Anna issued his decree of November 21, 1833, abrogating, after six months, Article 11 of the Law of April 6, 1830. There has been considerable confusion in the authorities as to the date of this important meeting. Yoakum, Volume I, page 325-326, gives an account of it but says it was held on October 5, 1834, the Blanco letter cited by Yoakum as his authority being dated by him October 6, 1834. Bancroft in his North Mexican States and Texas in Vol. II, p. 146, follows Yoakum and gives a detailed account of the meeting which he describes as held on October 5, 1834; but at page 137 gives another short account of the same meeting, this time dated correctly. Robles reprints the Blanco letter in his Coahuila y Texas [1821-1848], Vol. I, p. 473-475, but without dating it, and by a slip gives the date of the broadside containing the letter as November 26, 1835. Yale has a copy of the letter alone, printed from the same setting of type, but without the official heading and subscription which identify it.; Locations: Tx. TWS.