DescriptionHenrietta Lamar Document Signed. One page, 8.5" x 10.5", Galveston, March 31, 1860, regarding the receipt of $9,000. In part: "On the 2nd day of February 1860, Mrs. Henrietta Lamar deposited with Shepherd, Shaw & Co. of Galveston a United States Treasury Warrant...for ten thousand Dollars, on which the said Shepherd, Shaw & Co. advanced One thousand Dollars, the remaining Nine thousand Dollars the said Shepherd, Shaw & Co agreed to retain...for the space of Ninety days paying Interest...Whereas, Mrs. Lamar desires to control the said Nine thousand Dollars before the expiration of the said 90 days...she is willing and hereby relinquishes the interest which may have accrued on the said amount to this date."
Henrietta Lamar was the widow and second wife of Mirabeau B. Lamar, former President of the Republic of Texas, who had died of a heart attack three months before. Folds with scattered foxing and uneven toning. Else near fine. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.
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