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#160 - Samuel Houston

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Houston pays a Texas Ranger just days before seceding from the Union

Partly-printed DS, one page both sides, 8 x 4.25, January 29, 1861. Treasury warrant for $120.83 issued to Elijah Southward for “protection of the frontier this amount being for Pay as Private in Capt. Fitzhugh’s Co. Mount Volunt.” Signed on the reverse by Governor Sam Houston. Handwritten portions of document and Houston’s signature fairly light, but still legible, a central vertical fold, and ink cancellation “X” to front, and some scattered light toning and soiling, otherwise very good condition. Captain Gabe S. Fitzhugh's Company of Texas Mounted Volunteer Rangers had a strong reputation for protecting the state’s frontier from Indians and Mexican marauders. Just three days after Governor Houston signed this pay order, Texas declared its secession from the United States and joined the Confederate States of America despite his strong opposition. When Houston refused to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy, he was evicted from his office. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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