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[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 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 Appointment to Notary Public for John Patterson Osterhout]

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

Date: October 20, 1853
Creator: Bell, Peter Hansborough
Description: Letter of appointment to Public Notary for John Patterson Osterhout for the county of Austin. It was signed by the governor of Texas, Peter Hansborough Bell, and the Secretary of State.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Business Card for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Business Card for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: March 3, 1854
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Business card for John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney and collector of claims for Austin and surrounding counties. On the back of the card is a note concerning that if money was collected from a claim, it would be paid to someone while John would retain half as commission.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Payment]

[Certificate of Payment]

Date: September 14, 1854
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Certificate of payment for J. Bird and the enlisted help of John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney, in collecting the debt. On the back of the certificate it states that the debt was paid in full on March 15, 1855. Included is a business card for John Patterson Osterhout. The card states he is an attorney for Bellville, Texas and on the back of the card is an agreement for another collection to be done by John.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Payment]

[Certificate of Payment]

Date: 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Certificate of payment stating that E. H. Cantes was owed money and that John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney, would obtain the payment and receive half as commission. On the back the certificate says the payment was received in full on March 15, 1855.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, February 4, 1855]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, February 4, 1855]

Date: February 4, 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Sarah Osterhout, regarding his time in Bellville, Texas. He apologized for not writing her sooner since he has been busy with setting up his business as a lawyer. He was considering purchasing slaves although he mentioned a preference for having "white hands" to work with like he did in Pennsylvania. Recently, his friends had been telling him that he was in a good position to marry and he told his mother that he had someone from Pennsylvania in mind. The rest of his family was offended that he had not written then, but he felt that they read the letters he sent to each of them and that it would be repetitive to write the same thing to all of them. He told his mother not to share this letter with any of them and shared that his lawyer business was going well.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, January 18, 1857]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, January 18, 1857]

Date: January 18, 1857
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother regarding his time in Bellville, Texas. He was appreciative of his brother sending him news from home and told him about a real estate sale that had happened recently. People from the U.S., Germany, and Bohemia were in attendance and alcohol was passed around. Money has been short in Bellville because of the cotton and corn crops failing. John needed to borrow money and requested a loan from his brother or anyone else in the family. He requested that his brother write again soon with more news from home.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[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
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