AUSTIN, STEPHEN F. 1793-1836.
Document Signed ("S.F. Austin"), partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, 4to, New Orleans, January 11, 1836, being a "Texian Loan" received of Robert Triplett in the amount of $32 toward his purchase of 640 acres of land in Texas, also signed by B.F. Archer and William H. Wharton, cancellation at center with 1 x 1 x 1 inch triangular loss, mild toning and creasing, some loss of iron gall ink to "A" of Austin.
At the Consultation of 1835 (a convention so-named as to avoid enraging the Mexican government), Austin Branch Archer and William Wharton were selected as commissioners to the United States to lobby on behalf of the Texas Independence cause, soliciting funds and supplies and encouraging recruits. The three arrived in New Orleans in January of 1836 and soon solicited loans of $250,000 before heading to Washington to plead their cause before Congress.
In order to raise loans, the commissioners used Texas' vast lands as collateral. The present document guarantees Robert Triplett's investment, giving him the opportunity to buy land in Texas at 50 cents an acre.