“The earliest example known to me of engraving done in Texas”—Streeter
158. [PORTLAND, TEXAS]. LOWE, J. (engraver). Ornately engraved township stock certificate with allegorical figures, completed in manuscript, commencing: $[100.00] No.  Capital Stock Two Thousand Acres of Land & City Lots. City of Portland Matagorda Co. Republic of Texas. This Certificate for [one hundred] Dollars will be received at par in payment for lots in the above named City of Portland [29 April] 1841... [along left margin] J. Lowe. Galveston Texas. [four vignettes, clockwise from left: (1) allegorical illustration of Justice with scales and sword on Lone Star pedestal; (2) Native American in landscape greeting an incoming train; (3) allegorical illustration of Liberty with pitcher and eagle; (4) sheaf of wheat with agricultural implements. Galveston, 1841. Fine, signed by Nicholas Clopper, notable Texas pioneer and entrepreneur, an official of the company (see below).
First edition of the first engraved item done in Texas. Medlar (Portland), p. 152.
Streeter 450 (locating only his own copy, now at Yale): “This certificate, which is engraved and not printed, is the earliest example known to me of engraving done in Texas. I know of no other for the period of the bibliography.... This certificate represents an interesting scheme promoted by Nicholas Clopper...for establishing a new town on the Colorado River at the head of the raft. The plan was to connect the new town by a railroad with tidewater on Wilson’s Creek, about three miles to the south, ‘and thence by steam-boats or other craft to Port Austin and Palacios’...the chances are that the project was not carried out.” This certificate represents yet another town that existed only on paper.
Handbook of Texas Online (Nicholas Clopper):
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