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    Capital Stock Certificate for $100 Portland, Texas. 1 page, 7.75 x 3.5", Portland, Texas, April 29, 1841. This certificate, which is engraved is the earliest example known of engraving done in Texas. The blank for the date on the Streeter certificate is completed as "29 April." E.E. Este signs the certificate as Secretary, and Nicholas Clopper (1766-1841) as Agent. This certificate represents an interesting scheme promoted by Nicholas Clopper of Cincinnati, his son Joseph C. Clopper, and the brother of Joseph's wife, Edward Este, for establishing a new town on the Colorado River at the head of the raft. The plan was to connect the new town by a railroad with tidewater on Wilson's Creek, about three miles to the south, "and thence by steam-boats or other craft to Port Austin and Palacios." These two towns were on Matagorda Bay, south of the mouth of the Colorado. Nicholas Clopper acquired lands in Texas in the 1820's, and in 1827 took his three sons to Texas on a visit. Quite crisp with only hints of vertical creasing and some light soiling, overall very fine. A museum-quality piece of Texas history. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 450 [City of Portland, Texas Capital Stock Certificate for $100]

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