A scarce Bowie promissory note, attested on the verso by the executor of his estateJames Bowie Autograph Promissory Note Signed. One page, 7.75" x 3", Austin [San Felipe de Austin], May 15, 1833. Six weeks after attending the Colonial Convention of 1833, Bowie penned this document: "One day after date I promise to pay Thos. Gary or leave the sum of one hundred and Twenty five dollars 82 Cents for value [illegible]." J.C. Hood, administrator for Bowie's estate, has attested on the verso that this is a "just and true" document, dated December 18, 1839. Further docketing on the verso. Smoothed folds. Several light spots of foxing. Purchased from Conway Barker, La Marque, Texas, in 1975.
Bowie was one of fifty-six delegates to meet in San Felipe de Austin from April 1 through 13, 1833, to draft petitions to the Mexican government, including independent statehood from Coahuila and a lift to the ban on foreign immigration, during the Convention of 1833. The son-in-law of Coahuila y Tejas governor Juan Martin de Veramendi, he was elected as one of the delegates to represent San Antonio de Bexar. Under the guidance of former Tennessee governor Sam Houston, the delegates drafted a state constitution. The proposals, which also asked for customs exemptions, were taken to Mexico City by Stephen F. Austin. While the ban on immigration was lifted, progress was slow on other issues, including independent statehood. By October, Austin became frustrated and wrote a letter urging Texans to form their own government. When the Mexican government heard of this, Austin was imprisoned.
Four months after writing this document, Bowie lost his wife, children, and in-laws to a cholera outbreak in Monclova.
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