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    [Sam Houston] Contemporary English Translation of a Mexican Land Grant Petition and Title Issued to Sam Houston. Two pages, two sided, written on pale-blue lined paper, 9" x 11.25". The original title was issued in "Nacogdochez" on "May 5th, 1835." Offered here is a contemporary English translation in an unknown hand of the petition originally issued in Spanish by George Nixon to Sam Houston, and witnessed by John Allen Veatch. It begins: "To the Special Commissioner of David G. Burnet's Colony, Samuel Houston, A native of the United States before you, with due respect presenteth himself and sayeth that; attracted by the generous dispositions of the Colonization laws of the state that he has come without a family to settle therein, if in virtue of the enclosed certificate you think proper to admit him as a Settler of said Colony, and allow him the quantity of land he is entitled to in the vacant tracts of the said Colony. . . . The land surveyed for the colonist Samuel Houston, is situated on the West Bank of San Bayou, called Arrenoso." There follows a lengthy description of the boundaries of the land using the notes of surveyor Arthur Henrie. The document continues: "The Survey of the 4th of a League of Land of the colonist Samuel Houston being concluded let the title be issued."

    George Antonio Nixon was the land commissioner for the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company, which sold land on the empresario grants of David G. Burnet, Joseph Vehlein, and Lorenzo de Zavala. He served in this capacity from July 1834 to November 1835, when the land office was closed by the provisional government of Texas.

    Houston had arrived in Texas in 1832, and quickly became involved in the political struggles between Anglo-Texians and the Mexican authorities. By the date of this land petition, Houston had already served as a delegate from Nacogdoches at the 1833 Convention in San Felipe. In September of 1835, a short four months after the writing of this document, Houston chaired a meeting in Nacogdoches to discuss the possibility of convening a consultation. By October, Houston was making public his beliefs that nothing short of a military confrontation with Mexico was inevitable. He was quickly chosen as commander in chief for the forces in Nacogdoches, and served as a delegate to the 1835 Consultation. An historic manuscript from a critical time in Texas history that also serves as an important association between Texas founding fathers David Burnet and Sam Houston. Faint age toning at folds, with minor separation thereat and wax seal remnants. A unique item in generally fine condition.


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