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 Collection: Osterhout Papers
[Passport to Travel for James E. Flowers]

[Passport to Travel for James E. Flowers]

Date: October 6, 1836
Creator: Burnet, David G.
Description: Passport to travel for James E. Flowers issued by David G. Burnet under the power of the Republic of Texas. The passport entitled Mr. Flowers, a citizen of the republic, to pass freely.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from J. W. Mann to Robert M. Johnson, October, 1837]

[Letter from J. W. Mann to Robert M. Johnson, October, 1837]

Date: October 1837
Creator: Mann, J. W.
Description: Letter from J. W. Mann to Robert M. Johnson introducing an attorney by the name of John Patterson Osterhout. Mr. Mann regards John Osterhout highly and informed Mr. Johnson that he was going to Arkansas to practice law.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, October 30, 1838]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, October 30, 1838]

Date: October 30, 1838
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother, Orlando Osterhout, discussing recent events in his life. He attended a Baptist convention in Independence, Texas and planned to return there to attend an examination of students at Baylor University. He wrote about the woman he was courting and told his brother that he hoped he would not remain a bachelor. John intended to return home and considered the different routes he could take while also requesting that his brother give him access to transportation in the winter so he could visit a friend. Soule University planned to lay a cornerstone soon in a Masonic ceremony and John wanted to be attendance. The letter ended with John making fun of the LaGrange Volunteer Rifle Rangers.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter of Standing for Martha Stephenson from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, April, 1849]

[Letter of Standing for Martha Stephenson from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, April, 1849]

Date: April 1849
Creator: Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Description: Letter of standing for Martha Stephenson from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. The letter stated that Martha was in full standing at their church and was dismissed when she joined another church of the same faith.
Contributing Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center
[Letter of Standing for Sarah from Mount Gilead Baptist Church, August 1849]

[Letter of Standing for Sarah from Mount Gilead Baptist Church, August 1849]

Date: August 1849
Creator: Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Description: Letter of standing for Sarah, a "sister of colour," from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. The letter stated that Sarah held full membership with the church and that she would be dismissed when she joined a church of the same faith.
Contributing Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center
[Letter to General, December 12, 1851]

[Letter to General, December 12, 1851]

Date: December 12, 1851
Creator: unknown
Description: Letter from unknown to general discussing the author's travels from Pennsylvania to the South. He detailed the route he took through Pennsylvania and where he made stops, including Philadelphia and Delaware county.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, December 21, 1851]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, December 21, 1851]

Date: December 21, 1851
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout, discussing his safe arrival to Bellville, Texas. He told her he might be staying there for a few months and starting a school, but was unsure. He promised to write her a longer letter soon and let her know the mail only came through once a week.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852

Date: March 8, 1852
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his mother, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas since his recent move there. He was undecided about whether or not he would remain in the county or travel around Texas. He wrote about how sparse buildings were where he lived and that the way wealth was measured there was not by amount of land, but by the amount of slaves owned. Many in the area had begun growing their own gardens and he had learned from them that he needed to be careful of poisonous spiders and centipedes. John told his mother that the mail was arriving with irregularity and they were lucky if they got it once a week.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter of Standing for Charlotte Reed from Bethlehem Baptist Church, December, 1852]

[Letter of Standing for Charlotte Reed from Bethlehem Baptist Church, December, 1852]

Date: December 1852
Creator: Bethlehem Baptist Church
Description: Letter of standing for Charlotte Reed from Bethlehem Baptist Church. The letter included some of the beliefs of the church and stated that Charlotte held full membership with the church and that she would be dismissed if she joined a church of the same faith.
Contributing Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center
[Letter of Standing for Lucinda Mahan from Bethlehem Baptist Church, December, 1852]

[Letter of Standing for Lucinda Mahan from Bethlehem Baptist Church, December, 1852]

Date: December 1852
Creator: Bethlehem Baptist Church
Description: Letter of standing for Lucinda Mahan from Bethlehem Baptist Church. The letter included some of the beliefs of the church and stated that Lucinda held full membership with the church and that she would be dismissed if she joined a church of the same faith.
Contributing Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center
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