Philip Nolan Document Signed. One partially-printed page, 7.5" x 4.25", Natchez, June 18, 1800. Written just four months before his final trip to Texas, two men here agree to pay Nolan "on or before the First day of January next ensuing the sum of Fifty Dollars lawful money of the United States in Cash or Cotton at Cash price for value received at Natchez." Signed on the verso by Nolan. Smoothed folds. Light staining on the verso evident on the recto. Right edge is chipped.

    Philp Nolan (1771-1801), a native of Ireland, immigrated to the United States sometime prior to 1788 when he moved into the home of Gen. James Wilkinson, a veteran of the American Revolution, as a bookkeeper and shipping clerk. Nolan first came to Texas in 1791 during a trading expedition. His goods, however, were confiscated and he lived with the Indians for two years before returning to New Orleans - with fifty mustangs in tow. The following year he was sent back into Texas to buy another 250 head of horses for the Louisiana militia. Nolan made a total of four trips into Texas (known as the Nolan expeditions) to capture wild horses, his final trip taking place in 1800. On March 21 or 22, 1801, he was killed near present-day Waco by troops sent from Nacogdoches. Nolan is widely recognized today as one of the first white Americans to map Texas, though his map has been lost to history.

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