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    [Texas Republic] Philip Dimmitt Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 8" x 12", October 28, 1840, n.p. [Texas], to businessman Thomas Powell of New Orleans. In this letter mostly concerning business interests, Dimmitt refers to the "melancholy situation of society" in Texas and "the dishonest scamps of Texas [who have] no other object except swindling." He also writes of a proposed shipping and mercantile venture involving "Mr. Southerland". Texas patriot Philip Dimmitt (1801-1841) helped seize Goliad in October 1835, participated in the Siege of Bexar two months later, and helped draft the premature Goliad Declaration of Independence in December 1835. He became wealthy through his mercantile operations at Goliad, Victoria, and Dimmitt's Landing on Lavaca Bay. Eight months after writing this letter, Dimmitt was captured by the Mexican Army, accused for his role in the Texas Revolution, and marched in shackles to Mexico City. After a botched escape attempt, Dimmitt took his own life by morphine overdose. Contains remains of red wax seal; age-toned. Weak at the folds with some tears. Missing a 1" x 1" section along the edge of page three; very good.

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