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    David Crockett Signed Promissory Note with Notarized Certificate of Protest. The promissory note is one partially printed page, 7" x 3.25", Washington, D.C.; December 6, 1831. Signed "David Crockett." Folk hero David Crockett signed this promissory note to payee W.W. Seaton for the sum of $500. The note reads in full: "SIXTY days after date, I promise to pay to the order of W.W. Seaton, five hundred dollars for value received, payable at the Office of the Bank of the United States, at Washington."

    The note is framed together with a notarized certificate of protest. One partially printed page, 7.75" x 9.25", Washington, D.C.; February 7, 1831. Signed by Notary Public Michael Nourse, the record claims that the promissory note was unfulfilled due to lack of sufficient funds. It reads, in part: "...presented at the said office the original promy note whereof the above is a true copy, and demanded then payment of the sum of money therein specified, Whereunto the Teller replied there were no funds for it - (notice in writing left at W.W. Seaton's Office, at William Prentiss' residence and sent to mail of the 8th to Jas. Clark." Both the note and certificate are mounted and framed along with an engraving of Crockett to the overall size of 24.5" x 22".

    Crockett represented Tennessee in the U. S. House of Representatives from March 4, 1827 to March 4, 1831. His 1831 re-election defeat was based on his opposition to the Indian Removal Act, a proposal to abolish West Point and opposition to a pension to be given the widow of Stephen Decatur. Crockett was frequently in debt, as money was always hard to come by for the frontiersman. He put himself in a financial bind in 1828 when he bought 250 additional acres in western Tennessee. However, not one to be defeated, Crockett again sought re-election to the House of Representatives for the following term. His reelection campaign promised to be a difficult one though since his only real success during his first term had been to secure a U.S. postal route through his home district.

    Running against William Fitzgerald in 1833, the frontiersman won reelection, and represented Tennessee yet again from March 4, 1833 to March 4, 1835. This was to be his last held office, however, as he again failed to secure enough votes in his final bid for the U.S. House in 1835. Days after that defeat, Crockett met one last time with his Tennessee constituents and delivered a short speech. He wrote in his autobiography. "I concluded my speech by telling them that I was done with politics for the present, and that they might all go to hell, and I would go to Texas." He and his rifle Betsey then left "to give the Texians a helping hand." He was killed doing just that on March 6, 1836 when, after a 13-day siege, Mexican troops overran the forces at the Alamo and all of its defenders were slain.

    Condition: Flattened folds with edge toning and soiling to all, particularly along the left edges. A small section at the lower left of the notarized certificate has been cleanly cut off. Crockett's signature is clear and bold.

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