Andrew Jackson Donelson crossed Feb. 5 off his 1846 calendar and made a mental note that his historic work in the Lone Star Republic would be finished in two more weeks.

The fourth and final Washington emissary to Texas was not the least bit worried about the annexation ceremony happening on schedule. It was purely a formality marking the death of the decade-old Republic and the birth of the 28th state.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. 

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