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War begins in Texas... Creating the Smithsonian Institution...



Item # 636329

January 2, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 2, 1836 

* Smithsonian Institution creation
* Texas War of Independence begins


The front page includes a report prefaced in part by: "...A provisional government has been completely organized & a bill of rights adopted which will be found below..." and what follows is the: "Declaration of the People of Texas in General Convention Assembled" followed by the 8 posts of the Bill of Rights, including: "That they do not  acknowledge that the present authorities of the nominal Mexican republic have the right to govern within the limits of Texas." and more (see).  This is followed--still on the front page--with a report beginning: "There has been some fighting..." (see).
Also of much interest is a report on an inside page headed: "Bequest of James Smithson" being a message from the President: "...in relation to the bequest to the United States by James Smithson, of London, for founding at Washington an establishment to be styled 'The Smithson Institute for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.' " which became the Smithsonian Institution. The letter is signed: Andrew Jackson (see).
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches, very nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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