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    Houston signed invoice for goods issued to interpreter Luis Sanchez

    Sam Houston Autograph Document Signed Twice. One leaf, front and back, 7.75" x 9.25"; Washington; February 2, 1844. A government invoice directed to the Indian department listing goods given to Luis (Lewis) Sanchez, who served as in interpreter for the Republic of Texas in their dealings with Indian Tribes. The goods listed include mainly fabrics and clothing, but also two plugs of tobacco. The total cost of the goods is $25.12; Sanchez signs with his mark.

    Houston signs and endorses the invoice in two places. The first endorsement reads, "To be paid in par money on the 1st of May 1844 / Sam Houston"; it is written perpendicularly across the list of goods. Houston endorses the invoice a second time, below a docket dated March 30, 1844: "Approved / Sam Houston."

    Luis Sanchez arrived in Nacogdoches in 1822. He served as an interpreter for Texas as well as the U.S. government during the years 1836 through 1850 with many of the major tribes in the area. Sanchez signed Indian treaties at Bird's Fort in 1843 and Tehuacana Creek in 1844. Recognizing his major contributions to maintaining relations with the Indians, the Texas Congress passed a joint resolution expressing thanks for his services.

    Condition: Toning throughout from prior framing, darker on verso, with mat burn. Mail folds present, small tears and paper loss where paper was weakened at folds. On verso is a red spot at top left corner.

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