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[Passport to Travel for James E. Flowers]

Description: Passport to travel for James E. Flowers issued by David G. Burnet under the power of the Republic of Texas. The passport entitled Mr. Flowers, a citizen of the republic, to pass freely.
Date: October 6, 1836
Creator: Burnet, David G.
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from J. W. Mann to Robert M. Johnson, October, 1837]

Description: Letter from J. W. Mann to Robert M. Johnson introducing an attorney by the name of John Patterson Osterhout. Mr. Mann regards John Osterhout highly and informed Mr. Johnson that he was going to Arkansas to practice law.
Date: October 1837
Creator: Mann, J. W.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, October 30, 1838]

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.
Date: October 30, 1838
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter of Standing for Sarah from Mount Gilead Baptist Church, August 1849]

Description: Letter of standing for Sarah, a "sister of colour," from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. The letter stated that Sarah held full membership with the church and that she would be dismissed when she joined a church of the same faith.
Date: August 1849
Creator: Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Letter to General, December 12, 1851]

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.
Date: December 12, 1851
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, December 21, 1851]

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.
Date: December 21, 1851
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Sarah Osterhout, March 8, 1852

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.
Date: March 8, 1852
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter of Standing for Charlotte Reed from Bethlehem Baptist Church, December, 1852]

Description: Letter of standing for Charlotte Reed from Bethlehem Baptist Church. The letter included some of the beliefs of the church and stated that Charlotte held full membership with the church and that she would be dismissed if she joined a church of the same faith.
Date: December 1852
Creator: Bethlehem Baptist Church
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Letter of Standing for Lucinda Mahan from Bethlehem Baptist Church, December, 1852]

Description: Letter of standing for Lucinda Mahan from Bethlehem Baptist Church. The letter included some of the beliefs of the church and stated that Lucinda held full membership with the church and that she would be dismissed if she joined a church of the same faith.
Date: December 1852
Creator: Bethlehem Baptist Church
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Business Card for John Patterson Osterhout]

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.
Date: March 3, 1854
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[Oath of Service in the Western Frontier of Texas]

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.
Date: June 20, 1854
Creator: Walker County (Tex.)
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: July 5, 1854
Creator: Madison County (Tex.)
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[Proof of Payment for Military Service]

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.
Date: July 22, 1854
Creator: Ridens, John
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: August 28, 1854
Creator: Pease, Elisha M.
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[Certificate of Payment]

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.
Date: September 14, 1854
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[Appointment of John Patterson Osterhout as Attorney to Hazel P. Ford]

Description: Appointment of John Patterson Osterhout as Hazel P. Ford's attorney to allow him to receive bounty and law warrants that were due to Ford for military services. At the bottom of the document, a clerk verified that the statement was signed.
Date: November 23, 1854
Creator: Ford, Hazel P.
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout, December 5, 1854]

Description: Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout discussing daily life in Athens, Pennsylvania. Letters had been received from other family members and her children were doing well in school. In the state of Pennsylvania, the temperance movement was working to get a prohibitive liquor law passed. She closed her letter by writing about what she felt made a real friend and hoped she would meet John in this life or the next. She included two locks of hair, one from each of her sons. Included is an envelope addressed to "John P. Osterhout."
Date: December 5, 1854
Creator: Maray, Diana
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Certificate of Payment]

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.
Date: 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: February 4, 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College