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First printing

, probably the earliest issued, perhaps a proof copy made for

Stephen F. Austin, who was one of the Commissioners for the Texian Loan. Signed

Texian Loans turn up on the market with regularity (see next entry). It is highly

unusual to a

fi

nd a copy that is unsigned and uncanceled. Jumonville,

New Orleans

Imprints

944

. The Provisional Government issued the Texian Loan certi

fi

cates to

raise funds for the revolution. They were redeemable for land at

fi

fty cents per acre.

Eugene C. Barker, in “The Finances of the Texas Revolution” (in a reprint of the

Political Science Quarterly

19

:

4

) explained this attempt to raise funds: “On January

10

the commissioners noti

fi

ed Governor Smith that they had arranged for two

loans aggregating

$250

,

000

. The fact that this could be done in New Orleans, where

the Texas situation was so well known, they considered particularly encouraging

and of good augury for success in other parts of the United States. It will be seen

from their terms that these so called loans were really nothing more than contracts

for the purchase of

fi

ve hundred thousand acres of land at

fi

fty cents an acre; but

the commissioners thought themselves very fortunate to get money on any terms.

‘In fact, rather than have missed the loan,’ they wrote, ‘we had better have borrowed

the money for

fi

ve years and given them the land in the bargain.’ They were of the

opinion, moreover, that the loan would increase the interest in Texas; the lenders,

they said, had already o

ff

ered to land in Texas within six weeks

fi

ve hundred volun-

teers.... The

fi

rst loan, of

$200

,

000

, was subscribed by ten men, four of whom were

from Cincinnati, three from Kentucky, two from Virginia, and one from New

Orleans.”

(

$1

,

000

-

2

,

000

)

14

. [AUSTIN, Stephen F.]. TEXAS (Provisional Government). COMMISSIONERS.

Texian Loan....

New Orleans: Benjamin Levy,

1836

. Engraved document completed

in manuscript, signed by Stephen F. Austin, B. Archer, and William H. Wharton.

Certi

fi

cate no.

251

, made out to Robert Triplett.

4

to broadside, text within ornate

typographical border. Very lightly creased where formerly folded, otherwise

fi

ne,

with triangular clip cancel.

First printing

, printed date of January

11

,

1836

, the earliest date for any of the

known Texian Loan certi

fi

cates. See preceding entry for additional information.

(

$1

,

000

-

2

,

000

)

15

. [AUSTIN, STEPHEN F.]. Pen, graphite, and sepia ink wash bust portrait of

Stephen F. Austin, unsigned and undated, on a faintly ruled sheet of nineteenth-

century wove paper measuring

30

.

5

x

19

.

5

cm (

12⅜

x

inches); image measures

approximately

16

.

5

x

10

cm (

x

3⅞

inches), small indecipherable embosure at

lower right margin. Nineteenth-century ink notation on verso: “List of taxable[?]

property.” Lower left and upper right blank corners chipped (not a

ff

ecting image).

Some light stains and moderate foxing.

The portrait is very similar to the mid-nineteenth-century unattributed oil-on-

canvas bust portrait of Stephen F. Austin that hangs in the Texas Senate Chamber

behind the lieutenant governor’s rostrum.

(

$2

,

000

-

4

,

000

)

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13

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