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    David G. Burnet Autograph Letter Signed "David G. Burnet." One and one-half pages, 8.5" x 10.5", "near Lynchburg, Harris Cy," October 20, 1856, to "His Excellency" Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease, he writes in full:

    "I have not seen the laws providing for a State Engineer and assistant; but understand that the assistant is to be appointed by the Executive. I therefore make this my first application to the government of Texas for a personal favor. My son, William E. Burnet, a native Texian, graduated at the State Military Institute of Kentucky something more than a year ago. His studies were specially directed to the science of applied engineering and he has a corresponding diploma. Our mutual friend, Dr Ashbel Smith will probably write to you on this subject and I will defer any further allusion to my son's qualifications.

    "Should you conceive it proper to confer the appointment of assistant Engineer upon him, you will render an important favor to one who has but small means of reciprocation. He will however know how to appreciate it."

    David G. Burnet (1788-1870) served as the first (ad interim) President of the Republic of Texas from March through October of 1836, the second vice-president under Mirabeau B. Lamar, and first Secretary of State of Texas from 1846 through 1848, but in 1856, after failed bids at acquiring positions as a United States district judge and Galveston customs collector, he was making a meager living as a subsistence farmer. His only surviving son, William, joined the United States Army, a position he would later resign, to join the Confederate States Army. He was killed at Spanish Fort, Alabama, in 1865.

    Signature is bold and bright. Toning along the right margin; some chipping along the edge. Ink bleeding on the verso.

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