DescriptionSamuel Rhoads Fisher Autograph Endorsement Signed on a letter settling an estate sent from Karankawa (Carancahua) Bayou. The letter is written on the first page of a bifolium, 8" x 9.75"; Karankawa Bayou; June 20, 1834; with an integral address cover addressed to Thomas M. Duke in Bay Prairie, Texas. The letter lists the property of William Clapp, deceased, and states that it is being transmitted to George Robinson. Samuel Rhoads Fisher endorses the transaction on the verso of the letter: "Matagorda May 27th 1835. Josiah Tilley being sworn had made it satisfactory to the Court that the within claim of 29 Dec. is correct and therefore orders the same to be admitted and paid in due course of administration. S. Rhoads Fisher."
It is unclear when Clapp died, but the property listed indicates that he was not a man of means. His connection to George Robinson, of Stephen Austin's Old Three Hundred is also unclear. Bay Prairie would later be renamed Rabbs Prairie. It was originally settled in 1822 by the Rabbs, and earned its name because of the frequent flooding from the Colorado river. Because the Rabbs' home became the polling place for the town, the town name was eventually changed at some point before 1840.
Samuel Rhoads Fisher arrived in Texas in 1830 and settled in Matagorda. He attended the Convention of 1836 representing Matagorda, and was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He served briefly as Sam Houston's Secretary of the Navy, but would be removed a year later after being brought up on charges of abuse of office.
Condition: Gently toned, with a few scattered stains. Bits of paper loss occurring along integral fold, as well as on address cover, where seal was torn opened. Ink used by Fisher remains bold.
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