Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Thomas Toby. Comprises: 1) "Thomas Toby," one page, 10.5" x 15". New-Orleans, September 26, 1836. In part, "John B. Budd, of Philadelphia State of Pennsylvania, & his legal representatives are entitled to Six Hundred and Forty Acres of the Public Lands, to be located in the Republic of Texas, agreeably to the conditions contained in a Power of Thomas Toby, dated the 24th day of May last past, and to instructions from his Excellency David G. Burnet President of said Republic, to the said Thomas Toby, dated on the 25th day of May last past, true copies of which Documents are hereto annexed for reference..." In 1836, the Texas Navy named a privateer Thomas Toby in honor of the Texas agent; it captured several vessels off the Mexican coast before it was lost at sea in a storm off Galveston in October 1837. Two documents on one 10.5" x 15" sheet, each signed in type "David G. Burnet," are present. They appoint Toby "Lawful Agent for the purpose of raising money for the Government of Texas" and authorize him "to sell the Public Lands of Texas...provided, however, no sales shall be made at a less price than fifty cents per acre." William Christy. The "Toby appointment" sheet is signed "Wm. Christy/ Not. Pub." In New Orleans, merchant William Christy was instrumental in helping Texas Commissioners Stephen F. Austin, Branch T. Archer, and William H. Wharton secure the first Texian loans totaling $250,000 in January 1836 and financially aided the revolution. He also recruited men for the Tampico Expedition. Sam Houston wrote that Christy's name would "never be uttered by the people of Texas unaccompanied by a prayer for his happiness and prosperity." Both pages are matted and framed to 28.75" x 30". A manuscript transfer, New Orleans, February 15, 1837, penned on verso of the Texas Scrip, is signed "John B. Budd." There is show-through in the upper portion of the Texas Scrip. A color photocopy of the transfer side is in a pocket affixed to the back of the frame. Folds, slight creasing. Overall, in apparent fine condition. 2) Pamphlet, 53 pages, 5.5" x 8". Memorial/of/Mrs. Clemence Toby,/Widow of Thomas Toby, Deceased/In Behalf Of Herself And Children./To the Legislature of the State of Texas, a formal claim by Mrs. Clemence Toby to the State of Texas to pay the debts owed her husband by the late Republic of Texas incurred during its fight for independence. Galveston: News Book and Job Office, 1874. In January 1874 Mrs. Clemence Toby was making a final request to the State of Texas for restitution of the $76,000 [$66,700 plus eight percent interest] owed her late husband and his firm Toby and Brother for the tremendous amount of aid rendered during the years 1836 through 1838. She states in her opening address that "Mr. Toby not only assisted Texas directly in her times of peril and distress, but also indirectly, through others, for all of which he has received neither reward or gratitude". Torn and stained at edges. In apparent good condition. Matted and framed to 12.25" x 23.25". From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Not in Streeter, but see 1233 and 1234 for related items.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st-3rd Saturday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 868

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 14 - 15 Americana & Political.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 July 16 - 18 The Armstrong Family Collection III Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 July 16 - 18 The Armstrong Family Collection III Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $4,645,206