Published by Bethel, Vt, 1837
Printed form, approximately 8 x 7 1/2 inches, completed in manuscript. Docketed in manuscript on verso. Old folds. Old stains along the left edge of the sheet, small hole at each end of lower horizontal sheet. About very good. A share in the Vermont Texas Land Company, organized in September 1836. The share is made out to Whitman Howard of Braintree, Vermont in Orange County, and signed by N. Williams, George Lyman, and Julius Converse. Lyman and Converse were both justices of the peace in Windsor County in the 1840s, and Converse went on to be governor of Vermont from 1872 to 1874. Beginning in 1820 the government of Mexico opened Texas to settlement by foreigners, provided they agreed to abide by the law and be morally upright citizens. This opened the way for many American settlers. Texas declared itself a free republic in March 1836, and shortly thereafter the Vermont Texas Land Company was organized. We can find no record of the company, though it would seem to still have been valid in 1845, when Heman Parkhurst transferred his share to Andrew Tracy, also of Sharon, Vermont. Unrecorded, and unknown to bibliographers.