DescriptionWilliam T. Austin Velasco Custom House Document Signed "Wm T. Austin" as collector of the Port of Velasco. One page, 15.75" x 12.5", Velasco [Texas], June 30, 1839. Expenses listed include salaries of officers, payment to temporary inspectors, $3.00 for "Horse hire for Insp. to visit a reported wreck on the coast," and $13.00 for "bills of pencils bucket ink matches & powder."
In 1835, the Mexican government sent collectors and support troops to Texas. At the time, the national government depended entirely upon customs duties for revenue. At Harrisburg, on June 4, 1835, William T. Austin and William Barret Travis signed a document protesting the Mexican enforcement of customs duties and other restrictions at Anahuac and pledged themselves to overthrow Mexican authority there. On August 15th, Austin was appointed secretary of a meeting at Columbia, at the mouth of the Brazos, which established a Committee of Safety for the district and, on August 20th, called for a General Consultation. He later served as aide-de-camp to Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. On January 21, 1838, he was appointed collector of revenue for the port of Velasco. Moderate toning along the horizontal folds and at the edges. Minor tape repair on verso.
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