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    Broadside: Second Texian Loan. William Christy Document Signed. Two printed pages (front and back of one 10.5" x 16.5" sheet), January 18, 1836, New Orleans. This broadside, headed with "State of Louisiana. City of New-Orleans", gives the terms of a loan from eleven men (all listed on page one) totaling $50,000 at eight percent for five years to "the People or Government of Texas", represented by Stephen F. Austin, Branch T. Archer, and William H. Wharton. It begins, "Be it known, That this day, before me, William Christy, a Notary Public, in and for the City and Parish of New-Orleans, aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified: Personally came and appeared Messrs. Stephen F. Austin and Branch T. Archer, Citizens of Texas, Agents of the People or Government thereof, and herein acting in their capacity as such, as well as for and on behalf of William H. Wharton, the other Agent."

    William Christy (1791-1865) was a hero of the War of 1812, alternately serving under William Henry Harrison and Andrew Jackson. After the war, he settled in Louisiana and became an successful attorney. From his position of influence in New Orleans, he aided the Texas Revolution in many ways, most importantly by providing funds. This loan is the second which he signed as a notary public; the first, issued seven days earlier, was for $200,000, making the total amount of funds loaned to Texas through this New Orleans consortium $250,000. This document is fragile, with some separation along central horizontal fold; chips and tears occur along top and bottom edges. Severe foxing occurs mainly along one side of the document. Good condition.

    References: The Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "William H. Christy." Streeter 1234

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