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 Decade: 1850-1859
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, April 25, 1859]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, April 25, 1859]

Date: April 25, 1859
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother, Orlando Osterhout, thanking him for the news in his letter. John and his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, expressed their desire to hear more from Orlando and wanted him to visit their parents to gather more news. He wrote briefly about what he and his wife were doing and in the post script, he asked for a canning recipe for his wife.
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[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.
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[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.
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[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.
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[Letter from P. M. Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, March 18, 1857]

[Letter from P. M. Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, March 18, 1857]

Date: March 18, 1857
Creator: Osterhout, P. M.
Description: Letter from P. M. Osterhout to his brother, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing news from home and slavery. After providing John with updates from those at home, he told his brother he was unsure whether or not he would want to receive something from the black Republican in Pennsylvania. He then went on to write about his opinion on slavery and he hoped his brother was not beginning to view it as a blessing.
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[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
[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
[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
[Marriage Certificate for John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout]

[Marriage Certificate for John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout]

Date: February 23, 1859
Creator: Frear, William
Description: Marriage certificate for John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout officiated by William Frear of the Baptist church. The wedding was held at the house of Henry Roberts in Pennsylvania and witnessed by P. M. Osterhout, James Frear, and Henry Roberts.
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.
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