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 Year: 1858
[Certificate of Appointment to Notary Public for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Certificate of Appointment to Notary Public for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: February 1, 1858
Creator: Runnels, Hardin Richard
Description: Certificate of appointment to Notary Public in Austin County, Texas for John Patterson Osterhout. The certificate was signed by the Texas governor, Hardin Runners Runnels, and the Secretary of State, J. S. Anderson.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from the Pension Office to John Patterson Osterhout, July 2, 1858]

[Letter from the Pension Office to John Patterson Osterhout, July 2, 1858]

Date: July 2, 1858
Creator: United States. Pension Bureau.
Description: Letter from the Pension Office to John Patterson Osterhout discussing Lewis Summer's request for a war bounty scrip instead of land. The request was view favorably and sent to the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury. Included is an envelope addressed to "John P. Osterhout Esq."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
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