Jacob De Cordova Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.75"; Houston, [Texas]; December 21, 1852. A letter to the County Clerk, Galveston, Texas, concerning a land deed: "Please forward by first Mail to New Braunfels Comal County - Judge Wallers deed to W. D. Lee for Robert J. Calder Headright League - also please send me your account." Signed, "J De Cordova."

    According to the Texas Constitution of 1836, all heads of families, excluding African Americans and Native Americans, who were living in Texas on March 2, 1836 (the day of Texas Declaration of Independence), were entitled to a first class headright of one league and one labor of land (approximately 4,600 acres). Robert J. Calder (1810-1885), who had moved to Texas in 1832, was thus eligible for a headright of one league. Calder was a soldier in the Texas Volunteer Army and later served as mayor of Brazoria, chief justice of Brazoria County, and mayor of Richmond, Texas. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.

    Condition: The letter has horizontal and vertical folds; otherwise fine condition.

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    Jacob Raphael De Cordova (1808-1868), Texas land agent and colonizer, was born in Jamaica and was raised by an aunt in England. He settled in Texas in 1839 and lived in Galveston and later Houston, where he was elected a state representative to the Second Texas Legislature in 1847. He served for one term but lost re-election in 1849. De Cordova acquired large amounts of land to sell to settlers and at one time had a million acres in scrip or title. His land agency became one of the largest such agencies that ever operated in the Southwest. De Cordova and two other men laid out the town of Waco in 1848-49. De Cordova along with Robert Creuzbaur compiled the Map of the State of Texas, first published in 1849. Subsequent Texas cartography was based on this map.

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