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Land Ofice Seal.-On page 444, Vol. 19, of TiE QUARTERLY,
reference was made to the seal of the General Land Office, which
had recently come into the possession of the Texas State Historical
Association. The Texas State Gazette, May 25, 1850, contains a
letter from Edward Hall, partner of William Bryan, in which the
following facts concerning this seal are given:
"The late Commissioner of the General Land Office, Col. Thos.
Win. Ward, ordered, through Mr. Bryan, a seal to be engraved in
New Orleans, which Mr. Bryan had made, as he supposed, agree-
ably to the order. He sent it to, Col. Ward, with a bill of the
cost; but Col. Ward afterwards returned it, stating that it would
not answer. Vr. Bryan offered it back to the engraver, who re-
fused to take it, and demanded payment. Mr. Bryan replied that
he had not received the pay from Col. Ward, and declined paying
for it. The engraver then said he might keep it, for he would
have nothing more to do with it. The seal was then put away
among Mr. Bryan's papers as perfectly useless."
The Sam Houston Normal has received the smoking and sleep-
ing caps of General Sam Houston. These interesting articles
were recently sent to President Estill by Colonel A. J. Houston,
of Beaumont, to become a part of the collection of the personal
effects of General Sam Houston which the Sam Houston Normal
has been making for many years. Among other things, the Nor-
mal has, in addition to the new articles, General Houston's
leopard skin vest, walking cane, saddle, drinking cup, spectacles
and a number of personal effects.-Galveston News, December
31, 1916.
Major George W. Littlefield has added within the past six
months more than $10,000 to. the available funds of the Littlefield
Fund for Southern History. With this money the University of
Texas has already acquired the valuable file of Charleston news-
papers noticed in the previous number of THE QUARTERLY, and
is now engaged in acquiring collections of session laws, legisla-


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