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 Decade: 1850-1859
[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 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
[Oath of Service in the Western Frontier of Texas]

[Oath of Service in the Western Frontier of Texas]

Date: June 20, 1854
Creator: Walker County (Tex.)
Description: Oath of military service in the Western Frontier of Texas during an invasion by Mexico. The oath was made by H. M. Watkins and B. N. Robinson and certified that Private [Juno] D. Banton[deco], deceased, served under General Vasquez. John Davidson, the county clerk, served as a witness to the oath and added his seal of office to the paper.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Oath of Service in the Western Frontier of Texas for Elijah Collar]

[Oath of Service in the Western Frontier of Texas for Elijah Collar]

Date: July 5, 1854
Creator: Madison County (Tex.)
Description: Oath of service in the Western frontier of Texas for Elijah Collar in the fall of 1842 under General Wall. The oath was taken by James J. Allphin and tracked where Private Collar went in the Western frontier. It stated that he served in R. Williams's company as a private. On the bottom, a notary public, James S. Fai[rl]y, certified the oath and added his seal to the paper.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Proof of Payment for Military Service]

[Proof of Payment for Military Service]

Date: July 22, 1854
Creator: Ridens, John
Description: Proof of payment by John Patterson Osterhout for the military service of John N. Robinson. The money was due to Eliza Bennett and was paid in full. The payment was signed and dated by John Ridens.
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: August 28, 1854
Creator: Pease, Elisha M.
Description: Certificate of appointment to Notary Public in Texas for John Patterson Osterhout signed by the Texas governor, Elisha M. Pease, and the Secretary of State, Edward Clark. In the center of the certificate is a hole that renders parts of it unreadable.
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
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