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    [John Durst] Alejandro Trevino Manuscript Letters Signed Concerning a deal made by John Durst for the sale of shackles to two presidios and the ensuing duty fees owed. Two letters, totaling three pages, 6.25" x 7.5", Bexar, dated May 13 and July 21, 1830. Both letters have toning and very light traces of dampstaining, remaining in very good condition.

    In the first letter dated May 13th, Trevino writes: "The terms under which don Juan Durst is obliged to pay importation on the shackles, indicate expressly that the deal made is with two different companies, and not only with the one and if there is money owed it is on a separate account that was closed already, although it was combined when he stopped by for this one..." Apparently Durst is attempting to collect money owed by Monclova (according to Trevino) from the company at Bexar. Trevino states that Bexar is not liable and to suggest to Durst that he get Col. Jose de las Piedras to intercede on his behalf in order to be able to collect from Monclova. The second letter, dated July 21, also relates to the same debt but somehow the tables have been turned on Durst and it is now he who is in debt, likely for the importation fees he had neglected to pay. Trevino's letter states that while Durst can collect the debt owed to him by the Monclova company, he must pay the debt he owes despite his attempt to be released with frivolous excuses.

    Great association pieces related to John Durst (1797-1851). While serving as a Texas representative in the legislature of the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas Durst learned of General Santa Anna's plans to move his forces into Texas. Durst is said to have traveled 960 miles to warn the people of Texas. Thus he is said to be the Texas Paul Revere. Prior to the revolution, Durst's knowledge of English, Spanish and several Indian dialects kept him in demand as an interpreter. His frequent travels and jobs as an interpreter explain his various business interests with the different companies of the Mexican army as illustrated in these letters. Colonel Piedras was sent by Manuel Mier y Teran to establish the military outpost at Nacogdoches based on laws passed on April 1830. Letters are also exemplary of the confused economics of the Mexican army, where each company must provide for itself with no centralized command or oversight. From the Taking of Texas Collection.


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