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    Signed twice by President Sam Houston

    [Republic of Texas]. Sam Houston Twice-Signed Document with Secretarially-Signed Book. One bifolium page, 8" x 9.75", n.p., April 4, 1844. Houston signed this pay order as the third president of the Republic of Texas in order to reimburse Jack Shackelford for his purchase of "1 Box Sperm Candles." Shackelford had made this purchase earlier in August 1842 as he helped the Republic defend against the Mexican invasions of that year. This document is held in a mat (11" x 10") by six small pieces of tape. With folds and some expected soiling.

    The document reads in full, "Genl Sam Houston For Executive Contingents to J. Shackelford August 11, 1842 To 1 Box Sperm Candles 36.3 lbs 75? $27.56 par funds. Approved 4th Apl. 1844 [Signed] Sam Houston." Houston has also signed vertically across the center of the document. Both signatures contain his large paraph. "J. Shackelford" is written in the lower right corner. All text and signatures are in ink; Houston's signature is especially bold.

    Jack Shackelford (1790-1857) had served in the Texas Revolution as a commander under James Fannin. The Mexican Army, however, spared his life at the Goliad Massacre of 1836, likely so he could care for the Mexican wounded during the Battle of Coleto, which occurred eight days before the massacre at Goliad. (Shackelford's account of the massacre is considered by many to be the finest early account.) Shortly after this, Shackelford was sent to San Antonio de Bexar by his Mexican captors to care for the Mexican soldiers wounded at the Alamo. In 1842 during the presidency of Houston, Shackelford again helped Texas against an invading Mexican army.

    Also included is a copy of the volume IV of The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 (New York: Innskeep & Bradford, Thomas L. Plowman (printer), 1810, 567 pages). Signed on the front free endpaper, likely by a secretary, is "Sam Houston." In the upper right corner of that page is written, "Jn. W. Overton's 1818." John W. Overton (1766-1833) lived in Tennessee where he owned a plantation, served as a Superior Court judge, and advised Andrew Jackson. In 1818, Houston lived in Nashville where he took a position as a local prosecutor. This books appears to have been originally owned by Judge Overton, who possibly gave it as a gift to Houston before Houston moved to Texas. The front cover and several early pages have detached. Dampstained.


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