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[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.)

[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

[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

[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

[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