Mail Routes Could Start a War

81 [Postal History – Mexican War] Pillsbury, Timothy. Remarks of Mr. T. Pillsbury, of Texas, Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 23, 1847, on the Bill Establishing Additional Mail Routes in Texas. [Washington, D.C.: No printer, 1847] 4to broadside, with contemporary postal cover, free frank signature of Pillsbury, and red cancel “FREE WASHINGTON DC FEB 9” attached to upper left, addressed to Fisher M. Price, Esq., Walpole N.H. Broadside folded with a couple of splits at folds, glue stain on verso from postal attachment.

Pillsbury’s congressional district included all of Texas west of the Trinity River; in this case, some members of Congress viewed the extension of the mail service across the Nueces to the Rio Grande as an invasion of Mexican territory; Pillsbury argues against that view, that Mexico, had in effect, already abandoned the
territory and had no military post there, other than bands of marauders that occasionally
crossed the border and were chased back by Texans. He notes that at this point, all mail
traveled through New Orleans; “The mail conveniences had been continued through the
darkest days of the republic of Texas. After becoming a portion of this great Republic, this
deprivation of a customary, ordinary, but great convenience, is more keenly felt.” An important document on how the postal service in Texas also became a national issue tied in with slavery because of the votes of “Northern Whigs and Northern Democrats.” No copies located in OCLC.

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