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    James Berry. Circular to the Citizens of Harris County. Houston: [Printed at the Telegraph Book Office], 1858. 12mo, seven uncut pages. A printed statement "of all receipts, expenditures and debts of the county to be printed in some newspaper" as required by law for the year ending August 1858, offered by Berry as late treasurer of Harris County, in condensed form. Having been charged with fraud by a Judge Shearn, "I determined...it incumbent on me, a sacred duty I owe myself and family, and particularly to my children, as also those of my friends who honored me with the station I then occupied, to hurl back this slander upon its author." Light to moderate foxing scattered throughout with uneven toning. Main horizontal fold is worn to the point o detaching in places. Good. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.

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    Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.



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