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    Treasury Warrant Issued to Guadalupe Smith, Widow of Erastus "Deaf" Smith. Partly printed form, 6.5 x 3.5"; Washington; February 5, 1844. Certificate number 1345 in the amount of $300.00 issued to "Guadalupe Smith & Atty Jas. N, Fisk... for Benefit of Item of E. Smith." Fiske has endorsed the warrant on the verso.

    A childhood disease resulted in his loss of hearing. Smith first visited Texas in 1817, but did not settle there until 1821. He married Mexican widow Guadalupe Ruiz Duran the following year. Smith was one of the first settlers in DeWitt's colony, moving there in 1825. Smith had mixed loyalties at the start of the Revolution, but would join Stephen Austin's forces after being turned away from seeing his family by Mexican troops. Smith's skills as a spy were an invaluable resource for the army, and he survived many a close scrape during the war. Smith was the courier from the Alamo who delivered Travis' famous Victory or Death letter; and he would be the person dispatched by Sam Houston back to San Antonio to learn the status of the men garrisoned there. Smith survived the war, and on November 11, 1836, he was awarded the property of Ramón Músquiz by the Texas Congress. He died in 1837. This warrant is a payment to his widow for his valiant service. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.

    Condition: Flattened folds, uneven margins, and very gently toned. Otherwise near fine.

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