You are looking at the rarest of all printed Texas Revolution documents. Under that bold declaration is a call for men to come to the aid of the Texian cause, plus a pretty accurate account of the Alamo under siege.
It is also something of a mystery, so we had to do some detective work.
Where did it come from? The typeface used does not match that of any newspaper in New Orleans, Nashville, or Natchez, which were the printing hubs of the South in 1836. That means it was probably printed by a small jobber. The verbiage and circumstances point to New Orleans, and an eleven day window in which it was printed.
The New Orleans Bee reported the Alamo was under siege on March 17, 1836 (the siege had begun on February 23.) Eleven days later, on March 28, it reported the Alamo had fallen, three weeks after the fact.
Another clue to its origin is the offer of 800 acres. That number comes from Sam Houston's proclamation of December 1835. That document announced the Provisional Executive and General Council of Texas had approved a grant of that size to those who would serve Texas in the coming conflict with the Mexican central government.
That proclamation did not have wide distribution, and indicates TEXAS FOREVER was the work of some person or persons in New Orleans with intimate knowledge of Texas happenings.
So who done it? The evidence points to Captain John Melville "Tampico" Allen, who was ordered to New Orleans on a recruiting mission by General Houston.
- 18 by 24 inches
- On 100% cotton watercolor paper
- Limited Edition of 254 copies
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