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    Thomas Jefferson Chambers Document Signed: "T. Jefferson Chambers/Genl C.A.R.," one page, 8" x 9.75". [Kentucky], July 13, 1836. Partly printed, completed in manuscript. Headed: "In the Name of the People of Texas, Free, Sovereign, and Independent." In part, "I, Thomas Jefferson Chambers, Commandant General of the Army of Reserve, for the protection of the Liberties of Texas, do certify that Wm. B. Clifton of Louisville has furnished One Hundred dollars in Money for the use of the Division under my command; therefore by virtue of the authority with which I am invested, by the decree of the Republic of Texas, of the 7th day of January, hereby pledge the faith of the Republic of Texas, for the payment of the said sum...with an interest of Six per cent per annum..." Calculations in the lower left indicate that $15.45 interest was added to the $100 when the money was repaid. He had worked with the Mexican Government as a state attorney, but in January 1836, he asked the General Council of Texas for the rank of major general in return for raising and equipping 1,145 volunteers, the "Army of Reserve," in the United States to be marched to Texas by May 15, 1836. He intended to use his own credit in the amount of $10,000, which would be repaid by Texas. He left for Kentucky on February 23rd. Though he did not return until June 1837, he sent troops to Texas after the battle of San Jacinto in April. William B. Clifton was one of those soldiers. On verso of the document is "Pay to A T Burnley order-/W.B. Clifton" which shows through on front. Chambers' claim of sending 1,915 men to Texas is disputed. His accounts totaling $23,621 were approved, but they were not paid because there was no money in the treasury. For service as major general, he applied for a bounty of 1,280 acres which he received in 1846. Tape affixed on verso to strengthen the folds shows through on front. The letter is lightly soiled in areas and mildly wrinkled. Overall, in fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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