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    First signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and designer of the Texas flag, Charles B. Stewart

    Charles B. Stewart Autograph Docket Signed "C B Stewart" on verso of Manuscript Document Signed "John Crane," one page, 8" x 5". Montgomery, July 7, 1838. In full, "One Day after date I promise to pay William W. Shepperd or order Fifty one 12/100 Dollars Value received with ten per Cent interest until paid for a/c to Jany 1, 1838. John Crane." Penned on verso: "Copy of note &/account filed/with probate clerk/duly proved &/sworn 15 August/1840. CB Stewart/Atty for WW Shepperd." Charles Bellinger Stewart was the first signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first Secretary of State of Texas. As a member of the committee appointed by Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar in 1839 to create an official flag for the Republic, Stewart sketched on vellum three rectangles of equal size, one vertical and the others horizontal. In the vertical rectangle he placed a lone star. The original drawing, in the Texas State Archives, was not colored but Stewart labeled the rectangles blue, white, and red. The committee approved the flag design as well as the Republic seal which Stewart had drawn on the same piece of vellum. On March 11, 1836, while Stewart was still serving as a delegate to the Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos, he married Julia Shepperd, daughter of William W. Shepperd who, with the authorization of Judge James Hall, performed the marriage ceremony. In 1837, Shepperd founded the town of Montgomery, Texas, and was appointed its first postmaster. In 1838, when Shepperd donated additional land to the town, his son-in-law acted as his agent. C.B. Stewart later served as Montgomery County District Attorney and Notary Public. Also noted on verso, in unknown hand: "The interest on Fifty Dollars/for four years at 10 perct/would be = $20.00/principal = 50.00/$70.00/cash $60.00/cash 10.00/plough 7.00/$67.00/$3.00 balance." John Crane moved to Texas from Tennessee in 1834 and settled in Joseph Vehlein's colony. In 1835, for the siege of Bexar, he raised a company of volunteers. In 1836, Crane served in Capt. John M. Wade's cavalry company in Victoria. Crane was killed in the Battle of the Neches during the Cherokee War in July 1839. Soiled, one corner missing, separation at mid-horizontal fold (goes through three letters of Crane's signature) repaired on verso with glassine. The area in which Stewart has penned his seven-line docket is clean except for glassine which touches the "C" of "Copy." Overall, fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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    December, 2007
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