Document signed during the 45 days Stephen F. Austin was Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Army, exactly one week before he left with Archer and Whart

    Stephen F. Austin Manuscript Document Signed "S.F. Austin," one page, 7.5" x 2". [Head Quarters Mill Station above Bexar], November 17, 1835. In full, "$90/on the first day of Feby next I promise to pay J.G. Smith or bearer ninety dollars for an express horse purchased for the use of the army." Endorsed on verso "J G Smith/Novr 18th 1835." The siege of Bexar (San Antonio) was the first major campaign of the Texas Revolution. From October until early December 1835, an army of Texan volunteers laid siege to the Mexican army under General Martín Perfecto de Cos (Santa Ana's brother-in-law and second in command) in San Antonio de Bexar. After a Texas force drove off Mexican troops at Gonzales on October 2nd, the Texan army grew to 300 men and, on October 11th, elected Stephen F. Austin Commander-in-Chief. In November, the Consultation appointed Austin, Branch T. Archer, and William H. Wharton as commissioners to the United States to lobby for financial assistance, collect supplies, and recruit men for the Texas cause, so on November 24th, Austin resigned as Commander-in-Chief and left the Texas Army. In Austin's Order Book for the Campaign of 1835 [reprinted in the Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 011, Issue 1, 1908], his letters of November 16th, 17th, and 18th are written from "Head Quarters Mill Station above Bexar". Irregular lower edge. Vertical folds, one passing through the "F" in signature. Light soiling. Remnant of red wax seal on verso. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 64

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