Sam Houston receives $386.72 "for Indian Purposes"Sam Houston Treasury Warrant as President of Texas Endorsed "Sam Houston" on verso, one page, 6.25" x 3.5". Washington, Texas, August 6, 1844. Signed "Charles Mason" as Auditor and "James B. Shaw" as Comptroller. Autograph Endorsement Signed "James B. Shaw/Actg Secy" of the Treasury on verso. "To be paid in par" partly printed, completed in manuscript. In full, "The Treasurer of the Republic of Texas will pay to the Order of Sam Houston President Three hundred & eighty Six 72/ Dollars, out of any money appropriated by Act of February 5, 1844 for Indian Purposes - this amount being for travel on an estimate the Auditor will charge accordingly." Boldly endorsed by Houston with his ornate paraph.
Charles Mason saw action in the Battles of Gonzales, Bexar and San Jacinto. He was Acting Secretary of War (1838-1839) and was appointed First Auditor of the Republic in 1839. James B. Shaw was Comptroller of the Republic (1839-1845) and State (1845-1859) of Texas. In December 1850, he went to Washington, D.C., to collect the $5,000,000 payment from the United States resulting from provisions of the Compromise of 1850 and the sale by Texas of parts of present-day New Mexico and Colorado. The Act of February 5, 1844, passed on the last day of the 8th Congress, made "appropriations for the support of the Government" for 1844. The September 29, 1843 treaty between the Republic of Texas and nine Indian tribes, the Delawares, Chickasaws, Wacos, Tawakonis, Kichais, Anadarkos, Hainais, Biloxis, and Cherokees, was ratified by the Texas Senate on January 31, 1844, and signed by Houston on February 3, 1844, two days before the Texas Congress adjourned. Very fine condition.
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