Ark of the Covenant Box
Wooden box with attached lid, dark brown. Oak with a walnut veneer. Box has a brown knob and keylock on the front. Handwritten on the inside of the lid: This box was made by Mr. John M. Gould, and by him presented to R. R. Peebles of Austin County, Texas, out of materials taken from a house in Washington, Texas, wherein sat the General Convention which on the day of __ March A.D. 1836 unanimously resolved and declared that the Political Relations heretofore existing between the General Govmt. of Mexico and her Texan Colony were, for just causes and substantial reasons, from that day and hour, considerately, formally and eternally ended, which Declaration of Independence, thus and then made and proclaimed, was gloriously verified and substantiated, vi et armis, on the Plain of San Jacinto, April 21, A.D. 1836. R.R.P.
Historical Note: The Texas Declaration of Independence was framed and issued by the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. This old chest is the last physical relic of Independence Hall in the town of Washington, where Texas' independence was declared on March 2, 1836. It is constructed of hand-split oak siding from the historic building and veneered with walnut, which was said to have come from the desk on which the Declaration was signed. John M Gould, who was a well-known cabinet maker at Washington in 1836, salvaged boards from the building and constructed the chest. He presented it in the 1840s to his friend, Dr. Richard Rodgers Peebles, founder of the town of Hempstead. Dr. Peebles had been a physician in the town of Washington in 1836. It has come to be known as The Ark of the Covenant of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Date of creation:
Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 1960/011
Artifact Box 0181
Texas. Declaration of Independence
Texas. Convention (1836)
Storage and Display Furniture
Wood (plant material)
ATF0265, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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