BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS.
Whereas, by a Proclamation issued on the eleventh day of February,
A. D. 1840, in contravention of law and Treaty stipulations,
by Mirabeau B. Lamar, (then President,) "the duties on all wines,
the product of France, imported direct from any of the Ports of
France, in French or Texian Vessels" were abolished: And whereas,
in further violation of law and Treaty stipulations, "all collectors
of customs were required to permit all wines, as aforesaid,
to be admitted free of duty, into any of the ports of this Republic,
until this proclamation shall be revoked by the President:" And
whereas, neither propriety, policy nor a just regard due to the
rights of our citizens requires the continuance of such an immunity
to any foreign power: And whereas, other Governments have made
the same a cause of complaint to this:Therefore,
be it known that I, SAM HOUSTON, President of
the Republic of Texas, by virtue of the power vested in me by law,
do, hereby, solemnly revoke the said proclamation, and require all
collectors of customs in the Republic to demand and receive the
duties imposed upon wines, the product of France, imported into
Texas, according to the rates established by law, and by the existing
Treaty between the two countries: This proclamation to be
in force and take effect from and after the fiftenth day of February
In witness whereof, I have hereunto signed my name, and caused
the great seal of the Republic to be affixed.
Done at the town of Washington, the twenty-first
day of December, in the year of our Lord one
[L. s.] thousand eight hundred and forty two, and of the
Independence of Texas the seventh.
By the President:
Secretary of State.
Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6726/. Accessed August 20, 2014.