Manuscript document. Single sheet, 22 x 21 cm., approx. 95 words, docketed on verso. Old fold lines, chips to right margin, with loss to a few words, repaired and strengthened with Japanese paper. Charles Chevallier, principle, with A.G. Corbin and George S. Hyde, his securities, signed this agreement to pay import duties of $143.91 ninety days after Nov. 2, 1837, as per the Tariff Law passed on the 12th of June 1837. Document witnessed by Ben Miller, S.M. Hyde, and Patricio [?]. Item #67350
John G. Love (ca. 1789-1866) arrived in Texas in 1825, settling in East Texas. He helped select the town site for San Augustine, served as a judge there, and as a commissioner for enlisting volunteers during the Texas Revolution. In 1837 he was appointed by Sam Houston to be collector of customs on the Sabine River at Gaines Ferry, near San Augustine. This was an important port of entry for goods coming into the Republic of Texas. [see his brief biography in the Handbook of Texas online]. Charles Chevallier was a merchant in Nacgodoches who expanded his operations to Linwood, Texas by the 1850s. [see: "Cherokee County History," by the Cherokee Co. Hist. Commission (2001), p.8].