Discovering a Rare Document Right Before My Eyes

I mentioned the 19th Texas History Forum sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in my post on Texas Independence Day.

An interesting side note to that event: In the course of conversation, I mentioned that I had a money certificate signed by Charles B. Stewart on April 17, 1837. This document has hung on my wall for more than 37 years, and I had no idea it was rare. I learned there are few good specimens of Charles B. Stewart’s signature, and the signature on this certificate is excellent. Stewart was a doctor important to the history of the Republic of Texas.

His signature appears on the Texas Declaration of Independence immediately below that of the President of the Convention. Stewart then became the first Secretary of State of the temporary government, and in that capacity he issued the money certificate hanging on my wall. Although Dr. Stewart has been credited in some quarters, and even recognized by the state legislature in 1989, as the designer of the republic’s first flag, Texas Handbook reports this is incorrect.

Maybe I’ll take a closer look at some of the other things hanging on my wall — who knows what I might discover?

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