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203. [MERCER COLONY]. Original ornate lithographed
stock certificate within ornamental border and illustration
of the Lone Star and a Native American spearing a buffalo:
Grant 1844 Texas Association No. ___ Republic of
Texas [lone star] 8,000 Square miles on the Trinity
River. This certifies that _______ is entitled to One Share
of the Stock in "The Texas Association" established for
colonizing certain land in TEXAS under the authority of the
Republic....In Witness whereof is affixed the Signatures of
the President & Secretary 18__ at Louisville, Ky.....
[vignette] [Louisville, Kentucky, ca. 1844]. At
lower center: Hart, Mapother & Co. Lithogrs.
Louisville, Ky. Very fine,
Unrecorded by Streeter, who lists other Mercer Colony/Texas Association material. The Mercer Colony was formed by Charles F. Mercer (former agent for the Peters Colony), who received the grant from Sam Houston in 1844. This lithograph is recorded in Tyler & Holmans preliminary research on nineteenth-century lithographs of Texas. Peters, America on Stone (p. 206) locates the lithographic firm of Hart and Mapother in Louisville in 1861.