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    [John Adriance] Two Autograph Letters Signed, Including One From Swante Magnus Swenson. Adriance was a Texas merchant, financier, legislator, and soldier. A native of Troy, New York, he relocated to Texas in 1835 where he operated a successful mercantile business. During the Civil War, Adriance served as a deputy for the Commissary Department and as a county commissioner. Following the Civil War, he headed the Immigration Department of the International-Great Northern Railway in Palestine, and later served as a member of the 13th Texas Legislature, where he assisted in founding the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University.) This lot includes two letters to Adriance concerning his mercantile business. The first is two pages including integral address leaf, 8.25" x 10.75", November 9, 1849, from T. P. Hagerlund of Richmond. In part: "I Sendt [sic] you with Mr. S.M Swenson a few lines last Sunday which I hope you received." The writer goes on to make an order for sand oil and spirits of turpentine, as well as inquiring about prices for other items. Heavy waterstains. Good condition.

    The second letter is penned by Swante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to Texas. Swenson arrived in Texas in 1838 and was employed by Adriance, who supplied the goods that Swenson peddled from an ambulance-type carriage. Through marriage, Swenson acquired large plantations in Louisiana, and went into the mercantile business with his uncle, Palm. Two pages including integral address leaf, 7.75" x 9.75", dated November 21, 1849, evidently written during one of Swenson's trips to his hometown of Lättarp, Sweden, where he encouraged Swedish immigration to Texas by offering to pay passage in exchange for a year of labor on his plantations. Here, Swenson writes from Lättarp, regarding various business matters. In part: "The Str [steamer] Washington deliv'd art[icles] as per bill of lading. I find however that the corn sheller was not sent and among the goods was missing 1 pi[ece] calico, abt. 24 yrds . . . also 1 pr. Kip Brogans No. 7." Irregular age toning; generally fine.

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