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    [John S. "RIP" Ford]. Subscription Receipt from the Texas Democrat Office. One partially-printed page, 7.5" x 3.25", Austin, May 11, 1847. John S. Ford and Michael Cronican, a newspaper man by trade, purchased the Washington-on-the-Brazos based Texas National Register sometime in October 1845 and began printing the paper in Austin on November 15, 1845. Two months later, the name was changed to the Texas Democrat. The receipt certifies that $12.00 was received in payment "To Subscription, from Vol. 1 No. 27 National Register to Vol 2 No. 27 Texas Democrat." The partnership between Cronican and Ford was discontinued less than two months after this receipt was issued as Ford had joined Colonel Jack Hays' First Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers, as a first lieutenant and adjutant during the Mexican War. Folds are weakened with separation at the edges. Moderately toned with minor staining at the left edge. Damage at left corner has been repaired. Areas of ink smudging.

    In addition to his career as a journalist and newspaper editor, Texas Ranger John S. "RIP" Ford (1815-1897) was a physician, an explorer, a congressman, and a valiant soldier who served in the Texan army from 1836 to 1838, commanded operations against Juan N. Cortina, helped create the Cavalry of the West to protect Texan interests along the Rio Grande, and commanded Confederate forces during the Civil War, winning the last known engagement of that great conflict at the Battle of Palmito Ranch [Texas, May 1865].

    Michael Cronican (circa 1809-1849) arrived in Texas as a member of the Capt. William G. Cooke New Orleans Greys during the Texas Revolution. Serving during the Siege of Bexar, Cronican became ill and returned to New Orleans while the rest of his company was decimated during the Goliad Massacre. He returned to Texas shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto and served as an express rider for the Texan Army. He took part in the Mier Expedition, but avoided capture by playing dead. Moving to San Antonio in 1848, he founded the Western Texian. He died during the 1849 cholera epidemic in that city.


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