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    Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company Stock Certificate. One page, 8" x 12.5", New York, October 16, 1830. Scrip number 5557 certifying "...That the Subscribers as the Trustees and Attorneys of Lorenzo de Zavala, Joseph Vehlein, and David G. Burnet, have given and do hereby give to Anthony Dey...One Labor of Land within the limits of four adjoining tracts of Land in Texas heretofore severally granted to the said Lorenzo De Zavala on the 12th of March 1829, Joseph Vehlein on the 21st December 1826, and 17th 1828, and David G. Burnet on the 22th of December 1826 as Empresarios for Colonizing the same according to the terms of the said grants, and the Laws of the United States of Mexico and the State of Coahuila and Texas." At the end of the document are signatures of the three "Trustees & Attorneys," Anthony Dey (who signs a second time on the verso), William H. Sumner, George W. Curtis, and Secretary W. H. Willson. With a borderless map of eastern Texas along the lower margin containing shaded areas of the company's landholdings. Smoothed folds; chipped edges which are lightly toned in places.

    The Galveston Bay & Texas Land Company was comprised of a group of northeastern speculators who purchased the colonization contracts in eastern Texas from empresarios Burnet, de Zavala, and Vehlein.

    Reference: Streeter Texas, 1117.


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