Washington County Republic of Texas Imprint. Partly-printed Document Signed "J D Giddings" as Clerk. 1 page, 7.75" x 6", Mt. Vernon, Republic of Texas, August 30, 1842, a summons for Horatio Chrisman to appear before the District Court to testify on the behalf of the plaintiff in a pending suit "on the fourth Monday after September next..." With blind-embossed seal at lower left. Docketed on verso noting costs involved in delivering the summons.

    Jabez Demming Giddings, lawyer and banker, son of James and Lucy (Demming) Giddings, was born on October 8, 1814, in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. His elder brother, Giles, died of wounds received at the battle of San Jacinto, and Giddings traveled to Texas to claim Giles's land bounty in 1838. He was elected Washington County district court clerk in 1840 and served until 1844, while he studied law. He enlisted in Capt. Samuel A. Bogart's company on September 20, 1842, participated in the Somervell expedition against Mexico, and was honorably discharged on January 16, 1843, as orderly sergeant of volunteers. During the Civil War he served as Confederate receiver at Brenham and conducted a confidential mission from Governor Francis R. Lubbock to Confederate secretary Judah P. Benjamin.
    Before the Civil War he was a slaveholder and one of the state's wealthiest men. By 1870 he had recovered his fortune. He was the only Texan who had a net worth of at least $100,000 in 1860 to do so. In 1866 he and his brother founded one of the state's earliest banks, Giddings and Giddings, in Brenham.

    [Washington: Printed at the Tarantula office. 1841] The Tarantula was an early newspaper published at Washington-on-the-Brazos in the Republic of Texas between late March or the beginning of April 1841 and January 1842. Light horizontal creases, moderate toning, else very good. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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