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    Washington County Execution of Judgment Signed "J.D. Giddings/DC WC" as Clerk, one page, 7.5" x 12.25". Partly printed, completed in manuscript. [Washington County], May 26, 1841. Headed: "Republic of Texas/To the Sheriff of Wahsington [sic] County....Greeting." In part, "Whereas, Oliver Gorman on the 8th day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and Forty One at our District Court for Washington County, hath recovered against James R. Cook Debt for Two hundred and twenty five Dollars and twenty three Dollars and thirty nine cents cash and which the said Oliver Gorman now adjudged. There are, therefore, to command you, that of the Goods, Chattels and Estates, of the said James R. Cook you cause to be made the full amount of this execution..." Clerk's fees are listed at the left totaling $23.39. Dockets on verso including a Manuscript Document Signed "Jas. R. Cook." In full "I James R. Cook Defendant to the within Execution do authorize the Sheriff to sell without the necessity of advertizing in a news paper as the Law requires. Oct. 1st 1841." This Washington imprint is unique. Thomas Streeter, in his landmark Bibliography Of Texas, states that the earliest Washington imprint located is a proclamation of President Sam Houston printed by Thomas Johnson on November 21, 1842. Furthermore, he states that no separate item printed at Washington by G. H. Harrison in 1842, or by J. W. J. Niles, who published the Texas Emigrant there in 1839 and 1840, has been located. Most likely, this was printed on the Niles Press in 1840. The last record of Niles is of his establishing the first newspaper at Washington, Texas, in the summer of 1839. He published his weekly Texas Emigrant from July 1839 to August or September, 1840. The printed year "184_" is in the lower left and lower right.

    Jabez Demming Giddings was elected Washington County District Court Clerk in 1840 and served until 1844, while he studied law. He enlisted in Capt. Samuel A. Bogart's company on September 20, 1842, participated in the Somervell expedition against Mexico, and was honorably discharged on January 16, 1843, as orderly Sergeant of Volunteers. On December 25, 1835, James Russell Cook joined Capt. Peyton S. Wyatt's company of Huntsville (Alabama) Volunteers, but was on furlough on February 29, 1836, a fact that no doubt saved him from sharing the fate of his comrades at the Goliad Massacre. He was elected 1st Lieutenant of Capt. Henry Wax Karnes's cavalry company and participated in the battle of San Jacinto. According to the Clarksville Northern Standard, Cooke was killed in the streets of Washington by a man named Adkins "with whom he had some difficulty." The Telegraph and Texas Register stated that "in a drunken row" on March 31, 1843, Cook "cut his friend Adkins, who in turn shot and killed Cook." Uniformly toned, partial separation at edges of folds, light offset in the lower area. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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