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    Sam Houston Autograph Naval Order Signed as the first president of the Republic of Texas. One page, 7.75" x 8", November 10, 1836, "Executive Department/ Columbia", to "Capt. Thompson of the Texian Sch[ooner] Col. Fannin." President Houston writes, "Sir, You will please furnish passages to John Dynowski, Thomas Dulaski, and Francis Vosnowski on board of your vessel to the United States. And charge the same to the Government of Texas." Earlier in August 1836, the merchant schooner Colonel Fannin had transported Texas military supplies and soldiers to Galveston and Velasco. Twenty-one days after this order was issued, President Houston appointed Henry Livingston Thompson as a captain in the Texian Navy, eventually giving him command of the 125-ton war schooner Invincible. With Texas Navy Secretary Samuel Rhoads Fisher onboard, Thompson and the Invincible sailed in June 1837 on a fateful adventure-seeking journey in which they damaged many Mexican towns and captured at least one British vessel. The Texas government eventually had to pay the British government for the vessel's damage; subsequently, Thompson and Fisher were removed from their positions.

    Houston's signature with paraph, was signed nineteen days after he took office as the republic's first president. Vertical separation affecting the "Hou" in the signature has been professionally restored. The letter exhibits minor stains, with slight tear and paper-loss in bottom right corner, though no text is affected. Overall, near fine condition.

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