DescriptionGail Borden Land Grant Annual Dues Receipts. Comprises two partly printed documents, each completed in manuscript: 1) William Pettus signed "Wm Pettus," one page, 8.5" x 3.25". In part "Received of G. Borden Jr Genl Collector of public dues for the department of Brazos [$23.56] in payment to the State, on the 1st & 2nd installments on one league of land, granted to W. Williamson on the 21 day of March 1831..." "23rd Febr" penned at lower left; February 23, 1836 was the first day of the siege of the Alamo. Lightly foxed. 2) Squire Burns signed "Squire Burns," one page, 7.75" x 4". In part "Receved of G. Borfen Collector of Public Dues for the Department of the Brazos, seven dollars sixty cents, in payment to the Government for two instalments [sic] on one fourth league of land granted me on the tenth day of July 1831..." Dated December 19 1836. Light soiling. Both documents are in fine condition. The Law of Colonization of the State of Coahuila and Texas required that each colonist must pay a sum to the state in three equal installments after the fourth year following the land grant.
Gail Borden, Jr. was a surveyor for Austin's colony and collector for the Department of Brazos from 1835-1837. In 1856, he received a patent on a process for condensing milk. William Pettus, an Old Three Hundred colonist, received his grant because he had "fought Indians and helped keep quiet in the country." He served on the ayuntamiento of San Felipe (1828-1830) and was involved in security of the area against Indian attack. As a single man, Squire Burns was granted as his head right one-fourth sitio. He taught school for a time and was active in defending the settlers from both the Indians and Mexicans. Squire was a scout and was accidentally killed near San Antonio shortly before the fall of the Alamo by the discharge of his pistol. From the collection of Darrel Brown.
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