DescriptionSam Houston Treasury Warrant as President of the Republic of Texas Endorsed "Sam Houston." One page, 6.25" x 3.5". Washington [Texas], February 15, 1844. Boldly endorsed by Houston with his ornate paraph on the verso. Signed "Charles Mason" as Auditor and "James B. Shaw" as Comptroller. It reads in full:
"The Treasurer of the Republic of Texas will pay to the Order of Sam Houston Presdt Two Thousand Dollars, out of any money appropriated by Act of February 5, 1844 for Contingent fund Executive Department this amount being Drawn on Requisition the Auditor will charge accordingly."
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.
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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