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    Wildes P. Walker Letter to Sam Houston Inquiring About the Value of Auditor's Certificates. One-page of a bifolium, 7.75" x 10", New York; January 17, 1854. A letter from Wildes P. Walker to Houston concerning the value of Texas auditor's certificates issued in 1839 and 1840. The content suggest a potential interest in speculation in debt certificates.
    Condition: The letter has the usual horizontal and vertical folds, and shows signs of burns on right edge with minor loss and with little effect on text.


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    "Dear Sir

    I beg to ask the former of what disposition to best advantage & value can be made of the comptroller & auditor's certificate of Texas of the 16th May 1849 for Treasury Notes issued in 1839 & 1840 for (Red Backs) five hundred dollars issued by the late Govt. of Texas at twenty five cents on the dollar making as they say the principal equal to one hundred & twenty five dollars. By replying you will confer a favor.Your very obt. servant

    Wildes P. Walker"

    Wildes Perkins Walker (1814-1888) was a businessman in New York who dealt with East India merchandise. In 1840 he married Catherine Patten and together they had three daughters, living in Boston and New Jersey for a time. Little is known of Walker except that in 1850 he was arrested for fraud in New York and sent to debtor's prison. During his time in jail he was alleged to have had sexual liaisons with several women, including prostitutes, which resulted in Walker's wife filing for divorce and custody of the children. Walker countered with allegations concerning his wife's adulterous behavior, which culminated in a notorious divorce trial which began in January 1854. The jury awarded Catherine Walker a divorce and custody of the three children. There doesn't appear to have been any business relationship between Houston and Walker.



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