[Stephen F. Austin] First Texian Loan Contract Signed by William Christy. (New Orleans: Printed by Benjamin Levy, January 11, 1836), bifolia with printing on first two pages, elephant folio (10.5" x 16.75"). Presented here is the First Texian Loan, in which Thomas D. Carneal, Robert Triplett, William Fairfax Gray, and seven other individuals agreed to loan Stephen F. Austin and the Texas government $200,000 to fund munitions for the Texas Revolution. In return, the investors held first acquisition rights to land in Texas at fifty cents an acre. William Christy was a Louisiana Notary Public who was instrumental in arranging the loan for the Texas rebels. He has signed this very document "Wm Christy Not. Pub." at the conclusion of the second page. The docketing on the fourth page, in an unknown hand, identifies this document as a copy of the "Contract of Loan with Triplett & others 11th Jany 1836." This fascinating historical document is in good condition. Usual mailing folds present, though the horizontal fold along the second page shows noticeable separation, which a previous owner has attempted to repair with archival tape. Minor chipping present around all edges, one small tear along the right side of page one, and light toning to the pages, none of which affect the text or the appeal of this wonderful piece of Texas history. The First Texian Loan was a huge boost to the Texas Revolution, and this copy of the original document is signed by the man who made the loan possible.

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