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Stephen F. Austin to Lorenzo de Zavala, Minister of the Treasury

Description: Transcribing his communication to the political chief of Texas relative to forwarding his map of Texas to the president of Mexico. Indicates that a copy of the map in English had been sent to Philadelphia for publication but that the version sent to Mexico was more complete and accurate. 7/23/1829 126/4, p. 34
Date: July 23, 1829
Creator: Austin, S. F. (Stephen F.)
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Manuel de Mier y Terán, Commandant General

Description: Acknowledging receipt of the newspaper containing the report that Zavala had illegally sold his contract and notifying him that it had been forwarded to the superior authorities. Indicates also that he had circulated to the authorities under his jurisdiction the communication of 12/31/1830 from the state government to Mier y Terán relative to the illegality of such sales and of the sale of any land to foreigners not naturalized in Mexico.
Date: January 25, 1831
Creator: Músquiz, Ramón
Partner: Texas General Land Office

José Angel Navarro, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to José María Falcón, Secretary of the State Government

Description: Acknowledging receipt of his communication of 7/20/1835 (Box 127:12, p. 92) in regard to Lorenzo de Zavala and informing that it and the enclosed document had been forwarded to the political chief of the department of the Brazos for delivery to Zavala, who was reported to be there.
Date: August 10, 1835
Creator: Navarro, José Angel
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Receiver's Memorandum

Description: These two pages are exerpts from a 141-page Receivers Memorandum dated 1887-1888. Pages appear to show payroll advances to O. Henry, here identified by his given name William S. Porter or W.S. Porter, for the months of June 1887 through December 1887. These pages are written in O. Henry's hand, and show his signature several times.
Date: 1887-06/1888-12
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

My Recollections of O. Henry (W. S. Porter)

Description: Multiple typescript copies of a short character sketch describing O. Henry as a young man in the late 1800s, before he was a published writer. O. Henry worked as a draftsman at the General Land Office and for Maddox Brothers and Anderson.
Date: 191u
Creator: Maddox, Frank
Partner: Texas General Land Office

O. Henry Relics Guarded by State Land Office

Description: Photo essay containing images of photos, maps, and documents describing the General Land Office Archives holdings related to O. Henry. Includes a photo of Land Commissioner Bascom Giles standing next to O.Henry's drafting table in the Land Office.
Date: September 7, 1941
Creator: Dallas Morning News
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Patent 87, Volume 40-A

Description: This document was issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railroad Company as the final instrument in the land grant process, assigning ownership to the railroad company for 640 acres in Tom Green County, section 21, block 20, as described in the patent. O. Henry wrote a fictional account of illegal proceedings concerning a land certificate, Bexar Scrip 2692, in the short story "Bexar Scrip 2692.” This is the patent that ultimately gave land ownership to the railroad via that certificate.
Date: July 18, 1928
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Roster of Employees in the General Land Office

Description: Ledger contains lists of General Land Office employees, their job titles, and monthly earnings. Excerpted here are 98 pages covering January 1887-January 1891, which are the dates O. Henry was employed at the land office. W.S. Porter, later known as the writer O. Henry, is listed as draftsman, compiling draftsman and assistant draftsman, earning $100 per month. Porter's name appears on roughly half of the pages.
Date: 1881/1891
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

In O. Henry's Memory

Description: Photo essay includes images of O.Henry's life in Austin, including the Hill City Quartette, houses O. Henry lived in, sketches by O. Henry and letters by his daughter Margaret Porter.
Date: February 18, 1932
Creator: Houston Chronicle
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Bexar Scrip 2692

Description: Copy of a land Grant file for land issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company in the Bexar Land District. Includes a folder jacket with table of contents and notes about the land grant (filed July 12, 1928); field notes by M.J. Doyle, Deputy Surveyor, Bexar Land District for Section 21 Block 20 (January 13, 1873); the affidavit of ownership of S.N. Allen (July 12, 1928); and a note by Land Commissioner J.H. Walker indicating that the file has no relation to the O. Henry story of the same name (December 4, 1933). O. Henry’s story tells the tale of a Railroad baron taking a poor homesteader’s land by stealing this file. Walker notes that although the file was missing for a period, due to office procedures the land fraud could not have occurred.
Date: 1873/1928
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Stories of the Old Land Office

Description: Pamphlet printed by the Texas Capital Visitor's Center. Contains a foreward and two O. Henry short stories: "Bexar Scrip 2692" and "Georgia's Ruling." Both stories take place in the old land office building where O. Henry worked as a draftsman, and both are about Texas land grants.
Date: 2001~
Creator: Henry, O., 1862-1910
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Letter from Martín Perfecto de Cos to Commandant General June 17th 1835

Description: Letter from Martín Perfecto de Cos to Commandant General José Domingo Ugartechea, Principal Commandant of Texas. Instructing Ugartechea to order the military commandants that, if found, Lorenzo de Zavala be forced to sail to Veracruz and also that General Mexía be taken into custody and securely transported to Veracruz. 6/17/1835 127/12, p. 90
Date: June 17, 1835
Creator: Cos, Martín Perfecto de
Partner: Texas General Land Office

José María Falcón, Secretary of the State Government, to José Angel Navarro, Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar]

Description: Transcribing a communication from the minister of state and relations to the governor (6/6/1835) requiring him to notify Lorenzo de Zavala to proceed to Mexico City and give an account of his diplomatic mission to France, and also to deliver to him the enclosed document (not found here). This order and the document forwarded to the political chief.
Date: July 20, 1835
Creator: Falcón, José María
Partner: Texas General Land Office