William Barret Travis Signed Texas Revolution Document

18 Dec

Manuscript DS, in Spanish, signed four times, “W. Barret Travis,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.25 x 12, April 9, 1834. Document regarding the sale of a boat. In part (translated): “In the village of San Felipe of Austin…before me the citizen Robert M. Williamson justice of the peace of said village and the named witness at the end along with those of my assistance with whom I act because of lack of scribe appeared the citizen George Huff caretaker and reliable trustee…of the goods of the defunct William Kelly…in conformity of a public notice given in various points of this municipality for thirty consecutive days, sold on public auction on the current date of April 5th the schooner named the William of 54 and 53/94 tons situated and being on the Bafaloe Bayous River in the village of Harrisburg in this municipality with all of its sails, rigging, wardrobe and belongings to the citizen John W. Moore…and grants that in real and public sale…for use of inheritance forever to the said John W. Moore the said Schooner William that is the same that was registered and received a British patent…and that the said schooner belonged to the granted representative of the defunct William Kelly in possession and property, and as such will sell it with all its belongings to the stated Moore for 615 pesos whom he confesses having received in compliance of the said Moore with the terms of the auction…and by this…the said schooner will be delivered to the referred John W. Moore.” Travis has signed once in the final paragraph as a witness, and signed an additional three more times as a witness. Document is also signed by George Huff, twice by R. M. Williamson, and James Darwin. A final paragraph of the document, dated February 27, 1835, acknowledges transferring ownership of the schooner to another party. In very good condition, with minor foxing and edge chipping, light damp staining touching but not adversely affecting the readability of some marginal text, a few small unobtrusive archival tape repairs along horizontal folds, and expected show-through from writing on opposing sides. All of the writing is very bold—particularly Travis’s four rare signatures. The Robert Davis Collection.

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