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Auction 6: Lots 81-90

Untriangled Texian Loan

81. TEXAS (Provisional Government). COMMISSIONERS. Texian Loan.... New Orleans: Benjamin Levy, 1836. Printed loan certificate completed in manuscript (No. 307 to Robert Triplett), signed by Stephen F. Austin, B. F. Archer, and William H. Wharton. 4to broadside, printed on recto within ornate typographical border. A superb example, with untriangled clip cancel (only a handful of copies—probably only five or six—survive in this rare and desirable state), signed by three great figures of the Texan Revolution. Matted, framed, and under glass.

First printing, printed date of January 11, 1836, the earliest date for any of the known Texian Loan certificates. Jumonville, New Orleans Imprints 944. Criswell locates a similar item (36A) which is from another typesetting. The Provisional Government issued these certificates to raise funds for the Revolution. They were redeemable for land at fifty cents per acre. The present certificate is made out to Robert Triplett, authorized agent for Texas in the U.S. and one of the prime movers and contributors to the Texian cause.

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82. [TEXAS (Republic). TEN PERCENT BOND]. DEMORSE, Charles (1816-1887). Engraved bond completed in manuscript, signed by DeMorse on June 15, 1840, as Stock Commissioner of the Republic of Texas. Text commences: Republic of Texas Certificate of Stock in the ten percent consolidated fund created by Act of Feb. 5th 1840. Be it known that there is due from the Republic of Texas to [Edwd. Margetts].... New Orleans: Endicott & Clark, [1840]. Vignette of Mercury seated before a sailor at center, allegorical female figure with eagle at left, and five point star at bottom. All coupons present; clip cancels. Split along one fold with old repair.

Republic of Texas $500 bond at 10% interest. Also signed by Comptroller W. Simmons and bondholder Edward Margetts. DeMorse (1816-1887, New Handbook II:591-92) was stock commissioner under Mirabeau B. Lamar and charged with refunding the public debt. He founded the Clarksville Northern Standard in 1842 and continued as its publisher and editor until his death. DeMorse helped in the organization of the Democratic Party in Texas and has been called the "Father of the Texas Democratic Press." Criswell 40F (II, p. 287).
($80-125) $201.25

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83. [TEXAS NAVY]. Contemporary manuscript entitled: Abstract of the Log of Schr Liberty on her cruize to Sisal &c. Dated entries from February 13, 1836, to April 25, 1836. 2-1/4 pp., folio. Clean split at centerfold.

Documents the cruise of the Texas Navy's schooner Liberty during the height of the Texas Revolution, including the capture of the Pelicano, which had munitions for Santa Anna's Army hidden in barrels of flour. Entries recount not only the capture of the Pelicano, but also her fate and that of her cargo:

March 5th – Made Sisal and same night captured Mexican Schr Pelicano / taking 8 prisoners in taking the prize were forced to take the long boat and kedge of Am Schr Sabina as our own boat was small....

18 – Crossed the Bar [of Matagorda Bay] in Safety as did also the Matawamkeag, but not so the Pelicano which struck, lost her rudder & in a short time went to pieces....

23 – Returned to the Pass, Messr Walker and Fisher came up from the beach and reported that they had saved from the wreck Four Hundred & fifty Eight barrels flour besides other small articles / only Eleven kegs Powder came ashore and that damaged....

April 25 – Got into Galveston Bay all safe and in good health.

The Liberty, a 60-ton schooner, was the first vessel purchased for the Texas Navy in January 1836 (New Handbook IV:186). She was captained by William S. Brown, who took her on this cruise in search of Mexican prizes. In May 1836, under the command of George Wheelwright, she convoyed with the Flora to carry the wounded Sam Houston to New Orleans. In New Orleans she put in for repairs, but with Texas unable to pay the bills, she was sold in July to cover the claims.
($1,200-2,000) $1,380.00

84. [TEXIAN PRESS]. ANDERSON, John Q. (editor). Campaigning with Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade, CSA: The War Journals and Letters of the Four Orr Brothers.... [Waco: Texian Press for] Hill Junior College Press, [1967]. xiii [3] 173 pp., illustrations. 8vo, original full brown morocco, gold silk moiré endpapers. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (#8 of 100 copies, signed by editor). Wartime journals and letters of the four Orr brothers of Ellis County, Texas. Parsons' Brigade (New Handbook V:75-76) was one of the finest mounted units in the Trans-Mississippi Department of the CSA, taking part in almost fifty battles and skirmishes.
($200-300) $230.00

85. [TEXIAN PRESS]. DAVIS, Jefferson. Robert E. Lee.... Edited and with an Introduction and Notes by Colonel Harold B. Simpson. [Hillsboro: Printed by Texian Press for] Hill Junior College Press, [1966]. xiv, 81 pp., photographic illustrations. 8vo, original full black leather, yellow silk moiré endpapers. Very fine.

Limited edition (#40 of 100 copies, signed by editor). Davis' study of Robert E. Lee first appeared in the January 1890 issue of The North American Review.
($200-300) $230.00

86. [TEXIAN PRESS]. NUNN, W. C. (editor). Ten Texans in Gray. [Hillsboro: Printed by Texian Press for Hill Junior College Press, 1968]. xii [2] 229 pp., portraits. 8vo, original full maroon leather. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (#24 of 50 copies, signed by editor). A compilation of ten biographical sketches, including John Robert Baylor, Dick Dowling, John Bell Hood, John Bankhead Magruder, et al.
($200-300) $115.00

87. [TEXIAN PRESS]. SIMPSON, Harold B. Gaines' Mill to Appomattox: Waco & McLennan County in Hood's Texas Brigade. Waco: Texian Press, 1963. xii, 294 pp., illustrations, maps. 8vo, original full red morocco. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (#11 of 50 copies, signed by author and contributors).
($200-300) $230.00

88. [TEXIAN PRESS]. SIMPSON, Harold B. Hood's Texas Brigade. Hillsboro & Waco: Hill Junior College Press & Texian Press, 1968-77. 4 vols., frontispieces, illustrations. 8vo, original half leather over Confederate grey flannel covered boards, leather cover labels, silk moiré endpapers. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (#6 of 25 copies, signed by author). Topics of the four volumes are Hood's Texas Brigade in poetry and song, Lee's Grenadier Guard, Reunion and Memory, and a final compendium volume. See New Handbook III:686-87. Hood's Texas Brigade served under Lee's command in the Army of Northern Virginia. Although commanded by John Bell Hood for only a short period in 1862, his daring leadership earned it the sobriquet of "Hood's Texas Brigade." The Brigade participated in at least 24 battles in 1862, and is generally considered to be one of the finest in Lee's Army. The Hood's Brigade Association, composed of descendents is an ongoing activity of the Confederate Research Center at Hill Junior College.
($800-1,200) $920.00

89. [TEXIAN PRESS]. WRIGHT, Marcus J. (compiler). Texas in the War 1861-1865.... Edited by Harold B. Simpson. [Hillsboro: Printed by Texian Press for] Hill Junior College Press, [1965]. xx [2] 246 pp., frontispiece, portraits. 8vo, original gilt-lettered full Confederate grey leather, red silk moiré endpapers. Very fine.

First edition, limited edition (#44 of 50 copies, signed by Dorman Winfrey and others). Confederate General Marcus Wright's manuscript compilation of the record of Texas in the Civil War was discovered in the Texas State Archives. Wright, who made similar compilations for Tennessee and Arkansas, was the only ranking Confederate officer to be appointed by the United States government to assist in the compilation of the 128-vol. Official Records of the Civil War.
($200-300) $230.00

One of the Top Three Texas Signers in Rarity

90. THOMAS, David, Robert A. Irion & Ashbel Smith. Three autograph notes, each signed by an early statesman of the Republic of Texas, the latter two also pioneer Texas physicians. Thomas document dated at War Department, April 7, 1836, the other two dated in 1838. Matted, framed, and under glass. Fine to very fine.

Thomas (ca. 1801-1836): Receipt for a prisoner delivered to him "by Major G. K. Diggs in compliance of an order from the Commander in Chief of the Army of Republic of Texas." Signed by Thomas as acting Secretary of War. April 7, 1836, about one week before Thomas was mortally wounded while aboard the steamship Cayuga. Because Thomas died early, his signature is among the top three in rarity of Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. New Handbook VI:463. The most difficult Texas Signer to obtain is Junius W. Mottley (the Button Gwinett of Texana), but ranking next in rarity are David Thomas and George C. Childress. Heartman, A Group of Autographs of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (New Braunfels, n.d.), p. [3]. "Autographs of Texas Signers, with few exceptions, are very rare. This is due to two factors: for many years after the event the inhabitants of Texas were seriously engaged in the building up and settling of their country, with little systematic thought about the preservation of historical documents. Secondly, a large number of Signers disappeared from public life.... Thus we are confronted with the fact that some Texas Signers are rarer than the Button Gwinnetts and Middletons of the earlier Declaration."

Irion (1804-1861): Order to pay John Hervey $130 "for removal of privies at the Capitol." Signed by Irion as Secretary of State. Houston, April 3, 1838. In addition to being a pioneer Texas physician and Secretary of State under the Republic, Irion is noted as the man who won the hand Anna W. Raguet, the woman who spurned Sam Houston after a lengthy, and apparently complicated, courtship. New Handbook III:868-69.

Smith (1805-1886): Bill from the "Estate of Corporal Balch" to Andrew Moor for $10 "for burying expense." Autograph approval signed by Ashbel Smith as Surgeon General. June 14, 1838. A further note, signed by Auditor J. W. Moody, states: "I cannot pay this because he has been twice paid on same act. for services & is indebted to the Govt." Smith has been called "the father of Texas medicine" as well as "the father of the University of Texas." New Handbook V:1090-91.

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