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    Thomas W. House Cotton Archive. Cotton Trade Archive of 168 letters to Texas entrepreneur Thomas W. House, written by his Liverpool cotton brokers to him in Houston. Over 200 pp., 4to Liverpool, 1865-1870. Very fine and legible. Primary research material on the Texas cotton trade and exchange in the international market in the immediate post-Civil War era. Cotton was King, and Thomas House was its leading merchant. House (1814-1880), a native of England but of Dutch origin, migrated to Texas around 1838, commencing his meteoric career by producing and selling the first ice-cream in Houston. "In 1853, House bought out the large jobbing business of James H. Stevens and Company, dealers in dry goods and groceries. The $40,000 he paid for it was the largest sum of money to change hands in Houston up to that time...The firm was then the largest wholesaler in the state; it accepted cotton in payment for goods and set up cotton factoring as a separate department...[House's] great private bank grew out of cotton factoring" - New Handbook of Texas. The present archive gives the inside business history that led to House's great success and also reveals the inner workings of the cotton trade in Texas. Courtesy of Dorothy Sloan, Austin.

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