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    David Crockett comes closer to settling a suit against him

    David Crockett Surety Bond Signed as a U.S. Representative from Tennessee. One partly-printed page, 8.5" x 13.25", [Tennessee], September 16, 1834, one year before Crockett's defeat by Adam Huntsman for re-election to Congress, thus precipitating the frontiersman's move to Texas. Crockett signs "David Crockett" to this surety bond, related to an older suit brought by Robert Tinkle against Crockett, who had been security for John Eubanks for $30. Age toned with some soiling and ink smudging. Separation (though not complete) along the central horizontal fold. The court document reads in part:

    "Know all men by these presents that we David Crockett & Peter Trosper are held and firmly bound unto Robert Tinkle in the sum of Seventy dollars . . . for which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves. . . . The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound David Crockett writs of supersedeas relative to a certain cause adjudged of before William B. G. Kellingsworth wherein the said Robert Tinkle recovered a judgment against the said David Crockett & John Eubanks for about the sum of thirty dollars. . . . Now if the said David Crockett shall well and truly prosecute his supersedeas with effect, or in case he be cast therein shall stand to abide by, and perform the judgment, sentence or decree of said County Court therein. Then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue. [Signed] David Crockett / Peter Trosper."

    Elected to his third term in Congress earlier in 1833, Crockett was plagued by a civil suit brought by Robert Tinkle. This bond (a supersedeas writ) hindered an execution against Crockett's property connected to an earlier suit brought by Tinkle, who, years earlier, had sued Crockett for $30 (Crockett had been security for John Eubanks). Five days before signing this document, Crocket had pled that he had taken actions that had discharged him from his liability as security to Eubanks, and this supersedeas writ was signed and filed to protect his property until Tinkle's original suit could be settled. Crockett himself needed relief from mounting debts, so he wrote his memoir in early 1834 in hopes of making money. This document was signed months after the book was published in February 1834.

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