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    1838 Washington County District Court Summons Signed "Tho. P. Shapard" as Clerk, one page, 8" x 9.25". To the Sheriff of Washington County, Texas. Partly printed, completed in manuscript. In part, "You are hereby commanded to summon Alexander Carmach & Joseph B. Chance to be and appear before the Honorable the District Court, to be held in and for the County of Washington, on the second Monday in September next to answer the petition of Edward Bailey Thomas Gay & Asa Hoxey trading under the name & style of Bailey Gay & Hoxey...filed in said Court against them..." Joseph B. Chance was a surveyor and soldier in the war for Texas independence. In July 1838, a month before this summons, as Deputy Surveyor in Robertson County, Chance advertised plans "to run two or three compasses during the season...for gentlemen wishing to select lands in those parts." Chance surveyed 67,000 acres of land in the virgin wilderness that became parts of the present Bosque, Hill, McLennan, and Robertson counties. Edward Bailey and Thomas Gay were members of the Standing Committee of San Felipe de Austin; Asa Hoxey was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Bailey, Gay & Hoxey was a mercantile business in Washington-on-the-Brazos, but the venture was unprofitable and abandoned. Notes relating to this summons are on verso, including a smudged docket by the Deputy Sheriff. Uniformly toned, light offset. Overall, in fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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