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Texana Items


8140 - BUFFALO BILL POSTCARD SIGNED BY HIM IN THREE WAYS, 1916, 4" X 5" lithographed postcard, "Welcome to Cody, Wyoming" motif with standing pose of Buffalo Bill Cody. The card is signed in bold ink on the front, W. F. Cody, "Buffalo Bill 1916". On the verso writes a short note to "Brother Elks", "Hughes can't ride Woodrow, he is pulling leather already and will be disqualified...Bill." William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 - January 10, 1917) was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), in Le Claire but he grew up for several years in his father's hometown in Canada before his family moved to the Kansas Territory. Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven after his father's death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 14. During the American Civil War, he served for the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout to the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872. One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded his Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours throughout the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and Europe. He founded the town of Cody, Wyoming. He died in Denver in 1917 a year after he signed this card. Obviously addressed to a brother Elks lodge member. In choice condition, have seen not as attractive Buffalo Bill items at $1500 up. This attractive item with three varieties of his signature..........................$1,295.00

8141 - THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, $100 Government bond signed by David Burnet, May 1st, 1841, vignette of steer to the left, mechanic as central vignette, payable to Charles D, Morse $100. On hearing of William Barret Travis's plea for help at the Alamo, Burnet traveled to Washington-on-the-Brazos to recruit help from the Convention of 1836. He remained at the convention and was elected interim president on March 17, 1836. On his orders, the government fled Washington-on-the-Brazos fro Harrisburg, thus inspiring the Runaway Scrape. Burnet narrowly avoided capture by Mexican troops the following month. After Sam Houston's victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, Burnet took custody of Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna and negotiated the Treaties of Velasco. Many Texans were infuriated that the treaty allowed Santa Anna to escape execution, and some people called for Burnet's arrest for treason. Burnet declined to run for president and resigned as interim president on October 22, 1836. He served as the vice president under Mirabeau B. Lamar and participated in the Battle of Neches. he was defeated in the next presidential election by Houston. When Texas was annexed into the United States, Burnet served as the state's first Secretary of State. The first Reconstruction state legislature appointed him to the U.S. Senate, but he was unable to take his seat due to the Ironclad oath. Burnet County, Texas, is named for him. CC with no loss of paper whatsoever [usually seen COC]................................................................$395.00


CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH 1851

5119 - A 49'ER WRITES HIS BROTHER FROM CALIFORNIA DETAILING HIS EXPLOITS IN THE CALIFORNIA MINE FIELDS, October 28th, 1851, "Cal", from Phineas A. Swift to his brother Daniel E. Swift in West Wareham, Mass. 3 pages in ink on folded 8" X 10" paper. He relates in part: He tells his brother he is well and asks his brother to write him with all the news...he assumes that his brother would like to hear about the mining in California but the mining is slow here now...he mentions his time at Scots River...I am my partners Harvey Mack, A.D. oss, and about 10 others went north to Scots River last February about 600 miles but our prospect was not very good after arriving there. Mentions the high costs of provisions there-flour from 75 to 100 per pound, pork from 100 to 125...it was a hard time and it took dollars to live there...the river was too high to do much mining in the banks but some were ding first rate on the big bar-tremendous hard labor digging 25 to 30 feet deep - three men a few days before we got here stuck a crivas and took out $30,000 worth of gold...After five weeks at Scots the Chasto diggings broke out and we started six of us there--in about 25 miles we found a very good prospect but the best of the ravines and flats were taken up - after stopping at Chasto and doing very well, the Rogue River excitement broke out and all hands picked up and headed for there...I should think that 300 people all started for richer diggings. We started on several days travel crossing the Clamouth River and the Sisco Mountain dividing California and Oregon. After crossing we stuck on the Rogue River in two days traveling one day down the river and camped there that night. Left the next morning traveling that day and came to our new diggings. Stayed there 8 or 9 days finding there to be a perfect humbug - we cursed them and started for Scots River again and stopping there a few weeks and doing very well but our prospect ran out and our company. Six of us packed up and saddled up our mules and started up the valley and camped there a few days til there was a train [wagon train] big enough to travel down the Trinity for the Indians are very bad through this portion of the country. Now in a few days we are out of the mountains traveling down the Sacramento Valley and into Sacramento. From here we travel to Stockton. From here into the old Sutter mines again to settle down for a small pile [gold]. He gives greeting to members of his family and requests letters from home. Address letters to Woods Digginngs, Tuolomy County, California...Daniel I am getting somewhat tired and must bid you a good evening...P.A. Swift. Included is an early 19th Century newspaper article about Daniel E. Smith, a brother of Phineas Swift, that states that Daniel had looked for his brother Phineas for 65 years since he left for the gold mines in California in 1849 and disappeared after he left California for the gold mines of Australia. An excellent gold mining letter, fine..................................................................ON HOLD


5121 - THOMAS RUSK OF TEXAS, Thomas Jefferson Rusk (December 5, 1803 - July 29, 1857) was an early political and military leader of the Republic of Texas, serving as its first Secretary of War as well as a general at the Battle of San Jacinto. He was later a U.S. politican and served as a Senator from Texas from 1846 until his suicide. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1857. After the Mexicans killed all James W. Fannin's Texan army at Goliad, Burnet sent Rusk with orders for General Sam Houston to make a stand against the enemy. Rusk participated with bravery in the defeat of Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, in the Battle of San Jacinto. From May to October 1836, he served as commander-in-chief of the Army of the Republic of Texas, with the rank of brigadier general. He followed the Mexican troops westward as they retired from Texas to be certain of their retreat beyond the Rio Grande. Then he conducted a military funeral for the troops killed a Goliad. Rusk supported Sam Houston and the growing movement to annex Texas to the United States. He was president of the Convention of 1845, which accepted the annexation terms. The first state legislature elected him and Houston to the United States Senate in February 1846. Rusk received the larger number of votes and the longer term of office. The two men forgot past differences as they worked to settle the southwest boundary question in favor of the Texas claim to the Rio Grande. Rusk supported the position of U.S. President James K. Polk on the necessity of the Mexican War and the acquisition of California. In the debate over the Compromise of 1850, Rusk refused to endorse secession, proposed by some in the caucus of Southern congressmen. He vigorously defended Texas claims to the New Mexico Territory and argued forcefully for just financial compensation for both the loss of revenue from import duties as well as the loss of territory. As an early advocate of a transcontinental railroad through Texas, he made speeches in the Senate and throughout Texas in support of a southern route. He toured the state in 1853 to investigate a possible route. The Gadsden Purchase received his support. Rusk was in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. President James Buchanan offered him the position of United States Postmaster General in 1857, but had turned it down. (Buchanan instead give the post to Aaron V. Brown). His signature, "Tho. J. Rusk, Texas,"........................................................$75.00

5126 - SAM HOUSTON, (March 2, 1793 - July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. Houston was born at Timber Ridge Plantation in Rockbridge County of Virginia, of Scots-Irish descent. Houston became a key figure in the history of Texas and was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator for Texas after it joined the United States, and finally as a governor of the state. He refused to swear loyalty to the Confederacy when Texas seceded from the Union in 1861 with the outbreak of the American Civil War, and was removed from office. To avoid bloodshed, he refused an offer of a Union army to put down the Confederate rebellion. Instead, he retired to Huntsville, Texas, where he died before the end of the American Civil War. His earlier life included migration to Tennessee from Virginia, time spent with the Cherokee Nation (into which he later was adopted as a citizen and into which he married), military service in the War of 181, and successful participation in Tennessee politics. In 1827, Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee as a Jacksonian. In 1829, Houston resigned as governor and relocated to Arkansas Territory. In 1832, Houston was involved in an altercation with a U.S. Congressman, followed by a high-profile trial. Shortly afterwards, he relocated to Coahuila y Tejas, then a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution. Sam Houston supported annexation by the United States. When he assumed the governorship of Texas in 1859, Houston became the only person to have become the governor of two different U.S. states through direct, popular election, as well as the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state. A HUGE 6" signature as a member of Congress from Texas in 1848 - 49....................................................................SOLD


100808 - EARLY US MAP SHOWING THE TEXAS REPUBLIC, [1844], 7" X 8", published by Sidney Hall of London, nicely hand-colored in pastel shades. TEXAS shown as a Republic, interesting outline of Arkansas extending way north of the Texas Republic, Spanish California still controlled by the Mexicans. Quite nice........................................SOLD

100809 - TEXAS SILVER STAR, 5/8" - .75", silver TEXAS star used on a kepi or blouse, excavated at Port Hudson, LA [1863], hand-made star created by a soldier, RARE.....................................................$250.00

100810 - WALLER'S REGIMENT OF TEXAS CAVALRY, March 7th, 1864, Camp Grace, Texas. A note for $50 due Travis Hensley from L. K. Dubois both members of Waller's Texas Cavalry, small manuscript 4" X 7", Hensley was named after William Barret Travis after the fall at the Alamo by his Father who was a close friend of Travis. Some age tone. Very good.................................................$65.00

100811 - WALLER'S TEXAS CAVALRY, July 24th, 1863, 3" X 7" manuscript stating of $100 by the AAQM John S. Hirschfield dated at St. Martinsville, LA. Very good.....................$65.00

100812 - AN ACT BY THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS TO REDEEM PROMISSORY NOTES IN CIRCULATION, The Picayune, New Orleans, LA, May 14th, 1840. 4 pages, front page long printed notice on the redemption of Texas Republic currency by David Burnett and approved by Mirabeau Lamar, several illustrated ads for Negroes for sale, a very early New Orleans paper with Texas content........................................$45.00


8005 - SHIPPING TO EARLY TEXAS IN 1826, Shipping of "Nankeens" to the Rio Grande of Texas in 1827 through the Port of New Orleans, 9" X 10", pre-printed and filled in manifest of a shipment of Yellow Nankeens to Rio Grande that originated in Canton, China and was at first sent to Philadelphia on the ship "Phoenix" from Canton. The shipment arrived from Philadelphia on the ship "Ohio" into the Port of New Orleans and then shipped to the Rio Grande on the schooner "Catawba". Nankeens were cotton pants that originated in China and derived their name from the city that originated manufacture Nanjing. These "nankeens" were a yellow color which was caused by the use of particular cotton. These trousers were very durable and were most certainly imported for use by the working class and slaves. By this time Anglo settlers were coming into Texas from the Southern States along with their slaves. The importer was Marc Crozot. A well-written early Texas related document. Very fine...............................................................................$75.00

238 - REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, 1842
, 10" X 12" engraved by Dower of London. A map of North America border colored in inks in pastel colors showing the new Republic of Texas, Missouri Territory, New California. An interesting early map before the War with Mexico in 1846, covers from Central America, north to Canada..................................SOLD

239 - CALIFORNIA, TERRITORIES OF NEW MEXICO AND UTAH, 18" X 25" by Johnson 1862. Beautifully hand colored, choice................................$145.00

240 - NEBRASKA, DAKOTAS, COLORADO AND KANSAS, 14" X 18" by Johnson 1862. Hand-colored, excellent................................$95.00


255 - A WESTERN MINER WRITES ABOUT CONDITIONS AT FORT SCOTT, KS AND AFFAIRS WITH THE INDIANS KILLING MINERS HEADING WEST, Fort Scott, KS, August 5th, 1864. 3 pages in ink to his sister by S.S. Peterman...he describes his travels getting to Fort Smith through Fort Gibson in the Cherokee Nation, the Osage Mission..."he is among the living-he attended a Methodist camp meeting-all grades and colors were in attendance - Preachers in this part of Kansas trying to raise money to build churches in Fort Scott...thinks they will have a hard time doing that around Fort Scott. Even the Military Chaplains here neglect their duties - the Post Chaplain has preached only once this summer - he has bought up property here and spends his time improving the property with a large detail of troops while he is paid to preach! The Indians of the Plains have declared war on the white man and has robbed the mail and killed immigrants that are going to the mines." Comes with a biography of Peterman who was a miner in Arizona (San Juan mines) and Colorado. Ran out by the Navajo in Arizona from his mining claim, had his claim jumped in Colorado. He was pressed into military service for three months by General Canby and then wound up at Fort Scott where he worked for the government........................................$295.00


 

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