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    Texian Loan Signed by Stephen F. Austin, Branch Tanner Archer and William 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 Robert Triplett 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. 53, made out to Robert Triplett, authorized agent for Texas in the U.S. and a major contributor to the Texian cause. Signing as Commissioners on the Part of Texas are "S. F. Austin," "B. F. Archer" and "Wm. H. Wharton." These three gentleman had been appointed to lobby the United States for financial assistance, collect supplies, and recruit men for the Texas cause. The three arrived in New Orleans in January 1836 and negotiated this series of loans totaling $250,000. Then they proceeded up the Mississippi River, making numerous speeches before travelling 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. Very fine condition, very light original fold and expected triangular clip cancel. Jumonville, New Orleans Imprints 944. Criswell locates a similar item (36A) which is from another typesetting. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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