David CrockettDavid Crockett Partial Document Signed "David Crockett" as a United States Representative. One page, 7" x 3" (sight), n. p. [Washington], October 11, 1834. The famous frontiersman and folk hero placed his signature at the end of this promissory note which is mentioned on page 171 in James Atkins Shackford's definitive biography, "David Crockett: The Man and the Legend." It reads,in full:
"one day after date, I promis [sic] to pay or Cause to be paid unto William Tucker, just and full some [sic] of three hundred an[d] twelve dollars and fortee [sic] nine and a quarte[r] cent it being for Value Recd witness my h[and] and seal this 11 of Oct 1834."
Earlier the same year (1834), Crockett published his autobiography, "A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee," in an effort to correct his portrayal in an earlier work by author Mathew St. Clair Clarke. The Whig party seized the opportunity and used the book to publicize Crockett as a potential presidential candidate who could defeat Andrew Jackson. Unfortunately for Davy, it all came to naught when he lost his bid for a fourth term in Congress the following year.
Days after his defeat, Crockett met one last time with his Tennessee constituents and delivered a short speech. "I put the ingredients in the cup pretty strong," he later wrote. "I concluded my speech by telling them that I was done with politics for the present, and that they might all go to hell, and I would go to Texas." Then he and his rifle Betsey left "to give the Texians a helping hand." He was killed doing just that at the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Held securely in an acrylic frame, the note shows heavy damage, especially around the edges, with some loss of text. Light water staining along the horizontal fold; uneven toning. The folds are weakened and detached, but the document has been archivally repaired. The right edge is torn, affecting the last "T" in Crockett's name, but only slightly. Crockett's signature also shows some fading.
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