Autograph Document Signed. Eleazar Lewis Ripley WHEELOCK.

Autograph Document Signed.

Early Illinois surveyor and soldier; settled in Illinois as a War of 1812 veteran and served in the Black Hawk War in 1832; an investor in Texas, he relocated there in 1833 and founded the city of Wheelock in south central Texas, where he served as land agent, surveyor, rancher and farmer; a friend of Sam Houston, he served in the Texas revolution and throughout the Republic years; under President Anson Jones he served as Indian commissioner. ADS, 1p, 7 3/4" X 6 3/4", n.p. [Illinois], 1819 March 23. Very good. Moderately age toned; bit of minor edgewear. Promissory note in which Wheelock borrows $666.66 from Joseph Bowers and Daniel Converse, to be paid "Twelve months from this date." Boldly, legibly penned and co-signed at lower left by one A.E. Ross as witness. A retained draft, as attested by the squiggly circle drawn by Wheelock at right of his signature in lieu of an official courthouse embossing. Extremely interesting docketing on verso: On 30 May 1819, two months after this promissory note was written, the assignees sign over the note to DANIEL P. COOK (1795-1827). Below this, on 14 June 1819, Cook signs the note over to John T. Lusk. Cook was an important Illinois lawyer, publisher of the influential "Western Intelligencer" and a critical figure in Illinois achieving statehood; in 1818 he was elected to Congress, the state's only representative, and served four terms; dying at the young age of 33, the state's most famous county was named after him four years later. Anything in Cook's hand is quite scarce, and this choice example appears to have made its way into the law books ("Reports of Cases at Common Law and in Chancery, Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, From its First Organization in 1819, to the End of December Term, 1831" by Sidney Breese, second edition, with additional notes by Edwin Beecher; Chicago 1877). There the case of John T. Lusk vs. Daniel P. Cook is recorded, a cryptic case involving the assignments of two promissory notes from Cook to Lusk. Details of this specific Wheelock note are not mentioned there, but the fact that underneath the Cook note another hand (likely Lusk's) pens "Verdict for Lusk on two notes $1495.26" strongly suggests that this was one of the two notes involved in the lawsuit. An intriguing and scarce early Illinois item. Item #24515

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