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    Matagorda Proprietors "In and Out" Lots Certificate Signed "Ira Ingram president/of the Board of proprietors" and "E. Wightman/Secy," one page, 8" x 5". Town of Matagorda, April 4, 1831. Partly printed, completed in manuscript. [San Felipe de Austin: Printed by G.B. Cotton.] In part, "This Certifies, That, at the sale of In and Out Lots in said town, held on the date hereof, Lewis L. Vuder became the highest bidder for Lots No 4 in Block No. 1...No. 4, and for No. 2 in Block No. 2...No. 4 in the Colorado front of said town, at $50.00 Fifty Dollars. The payment of which purchase money, in conformity with the terms of said sale...shall entitle him the said Lewis L. Vuder his heirs, assignees, executors, or administrators, to receive a transfer of the said Lot he or they paying the fees therefore..." The "out" lots of the "In and Out" lots referred to in this certificate were the lots not included in the laid-out blocks making up the center of the town. Stephen F. Austin held an interest in this venture, having secured permission in 1827 from the Mexican government to build a town to protect immigrants to Texas. Matagorda was incorporated in 1830. This certificate is, in effect, a form for a deed. It was undoubtedly printed on the press Godwin B. Cotton had set up at San Felipe in the fall of 1829. The date of printing was probably 1830 or early 1831.

    Ira Ingram moved to Texas in 1826 and settled in the Austin colony. In 1828, he and his brother Seth were partners in a merchandising establishment in San Felipe de Austin. Ira represented Matagorda in the First Congress of the Republic of Texas and was elected Speaker of the House. Elias Wightman became a surveyor for Stephen F. Austin in 1826. In 1828, Austin sent Wightman and David G. Burnet to the United States to help recruit settlers for his colony. Wightman went to New York, returning with approximately fifty to sixty colonists. On verso: "Title Tferred to S B Brigham & Co./this day April 20th 1839." S.B. Brigham and Company were mercantile agents in Matagorda. Minor chip at edges of horizontal mid-fold. Lightly soiled. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 18.1

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