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    Early Provisional Texas Imprint Inscribed by Stephen F. Austin. Printed Document, "Texian Loan." (New Orleans: Benjamin Levy, 1836), one page, 8.25" x 10.25". Issued in the name of the "Government of Texas", this unused certificate carries a notation by Stephen Austin in its top margin that reads, "copy first loan". A patchwork of lines, also in Austin's hand, cancels this document in the space provided for signatures. Toned paper, loss to upper left corner, smoothed folds. In an effort to finance their revolution against Mexico, the Texians solicited cash loans against which they used Texas land as collateral. It states here that. "...for the amount paid, Land in Texas may be taken at FIFTY CENTS per Acre, with the guarantees and conditions of the contract aforesaid." This document, being blank and canceled by Austin, is possible a printer's proof and is very rare thus. Most extant specimens are used. From the collection of Darrel Brown

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