DescriptionTexian Loan Signed by Stephen F. Austin, Branch Tanner Archer, and William H. Wharton "S. F. Austin", "B. T. Archer", and "Wm. H. Wharton". Document printed by Benjamin Levy at New Orleans, 8.5" x 10.5", ornate borders, completed in manuscript. In part: "Texian Loan... Received of Thomas D. Corneal Thirty-Two Dollars the First Instalment [sic] on a Loan of Three Hundred and Twenty Dollars, made by him this day to the Government of Texas..." The Provisional Government issued these certificates to raise funds for the Revolution. They were redeemable for land at fifty cents per acre. First printing, printed date of January 11, 1836, which is the earliest date for any of the known Texian Loan Certificates. This is Certificate No. 330, made out to Thomas D. Carneal of Cincinnati, who subscribed a total of $40,000 in this first loan for the Texian cause. Signing as Commissioners on the Part of Texas are Austin, Archer, and Wharton. These three men had been appointed to lobby the United States for financial assistance, collect supplies, and recruit men for the Texas cause. They arrived in New Orleans in January 1836 and negotiated a series of loans totaling $250,000. They then proceeded up the Mississippi River, making numerous speeches before traveling to Washington, D.C. During their trip, Texas declared its independence on March 2, 1836. The three commissioners were unable to persuade Congress to support their cause and returned home. Light folds, rough edges, some moderate damp staining affecting all three signatures, the triangular cancel has been replaced in facsimile. Overall about very good.
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