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    Steamer Galveston Stock Certificate Signed "J.T. Harrell.". One page, 8" x 5.25", Galveston, n.d. Printed stock certificate with ornate typographical border, numbered "24" in manuscript. In part: "Capital, Seven Thousand Dollars-70 Shares, 100 Dollars Each. This Certificate entitles _______ to one Share of Stock in the Steamer Galveston:/the original Proprietor being Josiah T. Harrell, who, hereby, for himself, his Heirs, &c., warrants and defends the Title to the same to the said _______, his Heirs or Assigns. This Certificate shall be transferable by assignment, in writing, on the back hereof." Except for the number, the certificate is not filled in. Docketed on verso: "Filed in court on / the 7th July 1854 / Thos G. Masterson." Plastic tape at upper edge, visible on both sides, touches "on" of Masterson's signature. Ink bleed-through from the verso.

    See Jenkins, Printer in Three Republics 452, where he states that Samuel Bangs printed the Galveston Daily News during 1842. Jenkins commented that he knew of no other copy in existence of this imprint, and no other stock certificate for a Texas naval vessel.

    Thomas G. Masterson (circa 1813-1884) came to Texas from Tennessee in 1832 and bought land on the Brazos River near Velasco. A lawyer and partner in a mercantile business, Masterson held five separate mail contracts from March 1844 to April 1845. In a report from Pensacola, Florida, dated April 15, 1861, Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg reported to Secretary of War LeRoy P. Walker "Mail steamer Galveston from New Orleans this morning. I have taken possession of her." Masterson served as County Clerk and Chief Justice of Brazoria County and was enrolling officer of the district during the Civil War.

    Reference: Jenkins, Printer in Three Republics 452.

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