[San Felipe de Austin: Printed by G.B. Cotten, 1830?]. Partly printed broadside document, 5 x 8 inches, completed in manuscript: April 4th 1831, Ahijah M. Highsmith became the high bidder for two lots in Matagorda, at $30 for the pair, the form signed by two of the townsite owners Elias Wightman, as president of the board of proprietors, and Ira Ingram, as secretary (the other owners were Stephen F. Austin, H.H. League, and Ira Ingram's brother Seth). Docketed on verso as paid and signed twice more by Ira Ingram; signed by Highsmith with his mark. Streeter "Bibliography of Texas" 1632 (first item in the appendix, from the private collection of William H. Morrow). OCLC locates one copy (Yale, which also holds a photocopy of the Morrow copy). The Jenkins Company offered a copy in its catalogue "The Texas Revolution and Republic" (1986, Lot 39, $4500). A little wear and browning around the edges, but very good. Item #56087
"This certificate is in effect a form for a deed ... undoubtedly printed on the press Godwin B. Cotten had set up at San Felipe in the fall of 1829. The date of printing was probably 1830 or early 1831" (Streeter "Texas," long note). Highsmith (1796-1845), a native of Mississippi and a War of 1812 veteran, moved to Texas in 1823, settling near LaGrange; Indians later forced him to move nearer to San Antonio. His son Ben was a hero of the Texas War for Independence and later served as a Texas Ranger (see handbook of Texas). Wightman (1790?-1841) first served in a minor office under Austin in 1826, and, with the Ingram brothers, petitioned Austin for the establishment of the town of Matagorda in 1826. In 1829 he surveyed the town of Marion on the Brazos River and operated salt works near Matagorda. Ira Ingram (1788-1837), a native of Vermont, moved to Texas from New Orleans in 1826, joining his brother in a mercantile business in San Felipe; he served in a number of local offices there and in Matagorda, helped Philip Dimitt draft the Goliad Declaration of Independence, and was mayor-elect of Matagorda at the time of his death. (2530).