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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Lucas/Higgins Correspondence, 1899

John H. Broocks Papers

William Seale Papers

Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Jackson Broocks Osborne Papers, 1834-1985



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Broocks, John H., 1862-1938; Osborne, Jackson Broocks, 1923-1994; Seale, William, 1882-1962
Title: Jackson Broocks Osborne Papers
Dates: 1834-985
Content Abstract: The Jackson Broocks Osborne Papers collect the papers of Osborne's grandfather, John H. Broocks, and step-father, William Seale. Broocks' papers include correspondence regarding his business ventures, papers from his legal practice, and his own personal writings. Seale's papers contain correspondence and deeds, and financial ledgers from his sister's pharmacy, R. Seale & Co. Drugs.
Identification: AC-273
Extent: 19 boxes, 15 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Jackson Broocks Osborne was born on February 27, 1923, to Isham Jackson Osborne and Eugenia Allen Broocks. His father died in 1926, and Jackson and his mother then moved to Beaumont, Texas, to live with her mother and stepfather, Laura Sims Allen and John H. Broocks.

John H. Broocks was originally from San Augustine County, Texas, where he was born on March 15, 1862, to Colonel John H. Broocks and Elizabeth Jerome Polk. The Broocks family was involved there in a family feud known as the Wall-Broocks-Border Feud. The Wall boys were childhood enemies of Lycurgus Border, who was related to the Broocks family. George Wall became sheriff of the county in 1900, and in April, Lycurgus Border shot and killed Wall. He was indicted but never tried for this crime. Retaliation soon followed, with Eugene Wall shooting and killing Ben C. Broocks, one of John H. Broocks' brothers, on June 2. This action sparked an attack on the courthouse on June 4 by Border and other Broocks relatives. In this attack, they wounded Sheriff Noel Roberts, Wall's nephew, and killed his two brothers, Sid and Felix Roberts. No trials were held for this attack. Eugene Wall was acquitted for the death of Ben C. Broocks, on the grounds of self-defense, but he was assassinated by an unknown person on October 25, 1901. Border was killed in 1904 by Sheriff Sneed Noble, after he had threatened to kill Noble.

John H. Broocks, meanwhile, lived in Beaumont with his other brother, Moses Lycurgus (1864-1908). They established a legal firm known as Broocks & Broocks, based in Beaumont and San Augustine, which dealt mainly with real estate law. Significantly, they represented Pattillo Higgisn in 1901 in his suits against George W. Carroll and Anthony F. Lucas for the money he felt he was due from the discovery of Spindletop. In addition to their legal practice, Moses represented the Second District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1905-1907, and John was a principal owner of the Gulf and Interstate Railroad from Beaumont to Galveston, and a director in the Higgins Oil and Fuel Company. They also directed the Jefferson County Abstract Company, a real estate firm, and invested heavily in rice agriculture.

After serving in Congress, Moses returned to San Augustine, where he died in 1908. He is buried in Old Broocks Cemetery.

In 1906, John married his brother Ben's widow, Laura Sims Allen. She had married Ben in 1894, and they had three children together: Ben, Ara Francis, and Eugenia Allen Broocks. John and Laura had one child together, Elizabeth Jerome, born around 1910. John and Laura both died in 1938, and are buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas.

Eugenia Allen Broocks was born on November 17, 1900. She married Isham Jackson Osborne (October 21, 1895 - April 1, 1926) in the Dallas area, remaining there until Osborne's death. She then moved back to Beaumont with her son, Jackson Broocks Osborne. She remarried in August 1938, to William Seale (September 2, 1882 - January 29, 1962). Seale was a lumberman and contractor who worked in the Beaumont area. He was an active member of the American Lumberman Society in the 1920s. His sister, Ruth, owned her own pharmacy, R. Seale & Co. Drugs. William and Eugenia's son, William Seale, Jr., became a noted historian and historical preservationist. He has written extensively on the restoration of historical American buildings.

Jackson followed in his grandfather's footsteps and entered the legal profession. He dealt mainly with oil and gas law. He also was deeply interested in history, joining the Beaumont Heritage Society and the Tyrrell Historical Library Association, and serving as president of the Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record.

Jackson married Margaret "Peggy" June Wilson (1926-2005), and he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He and Margaret had two sons. They were divorced on October 31, 1985. Jackson married a second time in 1986, uniting with Yvonne L. Lyle. Margaret also remarried, uniting with Dr. Joseph B. Carlucci, conductor of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Jackson passed away on Febraury 6, 1994. He and his mother, stepfather, and grandparents are buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont.

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Scope and Content Note

The Jackson Broocks Osborne Papers are primarily composed of the papers of Osborne's grandfather, John H. Broocks, and stepfather, William Seale. Broocks' papers include correspondence, his personal writings and manuscripts, and his legal papers. The legal papers contain land deeds, case files, land abstracts, and surveys. Broocks represented Pattillo Higgins in his suits against George W. Carroll and Anthony F. Lucas, and so these records also include correspondence sent from Lucas to Higgins in 1899, as they made their agreements regarding the divison of potential profits from any oil found on Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company land. This correspondence, along with Higgins' suits against Carroll and Lucas, comprise their own series.

Broocks also invested in the Dominican Lumber Company, which had ties to Clark M. Votaw, assistant land commissioner of Kirby Lumber Company. The Dominican Lumber Company was a corporation chartered in Texas, and it possessed large holdings on the island of Santo Domingo. Initial explorations of this land seem to have taken place around 1907. The Company was especially interested in harvesting the yellow pine so prevalent in the Dominican Republic, but it also made forays into the turpentine and mining industries. The Company was sold, in part, to A. C. Wilkins of Calcasieu, Louisiana, in 1923. A great deal of Broocks' correspondence concerns this company. His other correspondence is almost all related to his legal practice. His involvement with real estate means that there are a great number of deeds and land titles held in the collection, some dating back to the 1830s. These deeds cover Jefferson, Hardin, and San Augustine counties.

Broocks wrote two political pamphlets, To Hell I Reckon, and The Empty Dinner Pail. His papers include correspondence on these publications and his notes regarding their cartoon illustrations. He also ran for Congress in 1910, and the collection holds copies of his campaign pamphlets. In addition, he wrote a book detailing his folk wisdom on health remedies, entitled, My Remedies for Human Ailments and Other Stories.

Broocks' papers are arranged roughly chronologically.

William Seale's papers contain records from his sister Ruth's pharmacy, R. Seale & Co. Drugs, of Woodville, Texas. These records span the 1920s and 1930s, and include account ledgers and statements. Deeds from Seale's work as a contractor are also included, along with some correspondence.

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Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 3 series.
Higgins/Lucas Correspondence
John H. Broocks Papers
William Seale Papers

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for the Osborne Family Papers. Exceptions include published works, for which copyright is held by their creator and/or publisher. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Broocks, John Henry, 1862-1938
Broocks, Moses Lycurgus, 1864-1908
Osborne, Jackson Broocks, 1923-1994
Seale, William, 1882-1962
Organizations
Broocks & Broocks, Attorneys at Law (Beaumont, Tex.)
Dominican Lumber Company (Santiago, Dominican Republic)
Jefferson County Abstract Company (Beaumont, Tex.)
R. Seale & Co. Drugs (Jasper, Tex.)
Subjects
Commercial law
Drugstores
Lumber and lumbering
Politics
Real estate business
Locations
Santiago de los Caballeros (Santiago, Dominican Republic : inhabited place)
Jasper (Jasper county, Texas : inhabited place)
San Augustine (San Augustine county, Texas : inhabited place)
Genres/Formats
Correspondence
Deeds
Land titles
Pamphlets
Photographs

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Related Material

Andrew F. Smyth Papers, 1799-1800, 1832-1990, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

William Seale Items, ca. 1844-ca. 1878, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Gilbert Family Papers, 1850-1995, AC-159, Tyrrell Historical Library. This collection has a copy of an "Address by John H. Broocks," and a photograph of W. E. Seale, Jr.

The digitized books Souvenir Beaumont, 1903 and The Advantages and Conditions of Beaumont and Port Arthur Today> have advertisements for the Jefferson County Abstract Company.

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Separated Material

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jackson Broocks Osborne Papers, 1834-1985, AC-273, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Yvonne L. Osborne, October 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 1998 June.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 October.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Lucas/Higgins Correspondence, 1899

Box Folder
1 1 Letter from A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 May 4
2 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 June 22
3 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 June 24
4 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 June 28
5 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 July 16
6 Letter, A. F. Lucas, to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 July 23
7 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 August 4
8 A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins Agreement, filed 1899 October 4
9 Pattillo Higgins vs. George W. Carroll, No. 2907, Defendant's Original Answer, filed 1901 December 10
10 Pattillo Higgins vs. A. F. Lucas, et al, No. 2836, Plaintiff's Original Petition, filed 1901 May 18
11 Pattillo Higgins vs. George W. Carroll, No. 2907, Plaintiff's Original Petition, filed 1901 June 4
12 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 May 11
13 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins (includes sulfur samples), 1899 May 21
14 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 May 29
15 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 June 6
16 Letter, A. F. Lucas to Pattillo Higgins, 1899 June 7
17 Pattillo Higgins vs. A. F. Lucas et al, No. 2836, Citation Issued 1901 May 18
18 Letter, Robert McDaniel to Jackson B. Osborne, regarding Higgins biography, 1985 January 5
19 Original jacket case file for court case Pattillo Higgins vs. George W. Carroll, 1907
20 Booklet, History of Oil, by Pattillo Higgins, Dealy-Adey Co., Houston, circa 1950
21 Correspondence from M. L. Broocks to John H. Broocks, 1901
22 Correspondence from J. Randolph Burns regarding Dominican Lumber Co., 1908
23 Correspondence from George C. Greer, Magnolia Petroleum Company, to John H. Broocks, Petroleum Lease, Sabine Co., 1920
24 Correspondence from J. H. Broocks, Sr., 1898
25 Warranty Deed, J. H. Broocks to Frank Sievert, Liberty County, 1901-1902
26 Correspondence, John S. Garland to S. M. Johnson, Jr., regarding death of William Houston
27 Correspondence, John H. Broocks, to Pattillo Higgins, 1906 May 23
28 Deed, Beaumont Country Club, 1907 March
29 Booklet, History of the Oil Business of Texas, James V. Polk, 1923

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John H. Broocks Papers

Arranged in chronological order.
Business and Legal Papers
This subseries contains Broocks' legal and business papers. The business papers primarily concern the establishment of a lumber company in the Dominican Republic. There are also many stock certificates purchased by Broocks. The legal papers include land deeds and titles, and case suits. Broocks' correspondence regarding these matters is also included.
The papers are primarily arranged by topic, and secondarily arranged chronologically. The Dominican Lumber Company records are filed together, with the exception of a few very fragile maps and letters which have been separated. The legal papers are also filed together, with a few personal papers, such as photographs, included.
Box Folder
2 1 Dominican Republic and Haiti Deeds, 1907
2 Maps of the Dominica Republica, circa 1907
3 Registration with the National French Draft Horse Association, 1885; Certificate, National French Draft Horse Association, 1885; Certificate, Societe des Agriculteurs de France, 1885; Certificate, Tableau Genealogique, 1885; Deed of Ownership Transferral, A. L. Towles to A. C. Wilcox, 1893, and A. C. Wilcox to John H. Broocks, 894; Notarized Testament of Value or Worth, William Quinn to A. L. Towles, 1893
4 Correspondence, John H. Broocks, Sr., to John H. Broocks, Jr., 1890
5 Correspondence to John H. Broocks, 1901-1909; Correspondence, W. A. Palley to John H. Broocks, 1901; Correspondence, Loraine E.[?] to John H. Broocks, 1901; Correspondence, J. F. [Poucher] to John H. Broocks, 1902; Correspondence, John H. Kirby to John H. Broocks, 1905; Correspondence, R. C. Duff to John H. Broocks, 1908; Correspondence, C. M. Votaw to John H. Broocks, 1908
6 Correspondence to Moses L. Broocks, 1905-1908; Correspondence, Brother of Moses L. Broocks to Moses L. Broocks, 1905; Correspondence, W. D. Bates to M. L. Broocks, circa 1905; Correspondence, Ben Broocks to Moses L. Broocks, 1908; Correspondence, Eugenia Allen Broocks to Uncle Mose (Moses L. Broocks), circa 1908
7 Newspaper articles, 1894-1937
8 Cover page of "Dominican Mining Laws," 1917; Booklet, Ley y Reglamento Sobre Minas, Santo Domingo, Tip. "El Progreso" de Emiliano Espeinal, [Law and Regulation on Mines], 1917
9 Dominican Deeds, 1886, 1907
10 Dominican Deeds, 1902, 1909; General Warranty Deed, Pattillo Higgins to Higgins Standard Oil Co., Ltd, Texas Mineral Rights, 1903; Contract, Dominican Lumber Company Stockholders and George R. Enloe (2 copies), 1909
11 Dominican Republic Deeds, circa 1907, with Spanish and English copies with history from 1874
12 Dominican Deeds, circa 1907, 1921
13 Dominican Deeds, 1907
14 Dominican Republic Mining Laws, 1918
15 Sample of iron, circa 1907
16 Dominican Republic Mining Laws, 1915
17 Dominican Republic Mining Laws, 1915
18 Articles of Association of the Santo Domingo Mining Association, circa 1907
19 Dominican Lumber Company: Pay Voucher, Dominican Lumber Company to J. R. Bevil, 1908; Paid pay voucher, C. M. Votaw to V. F. Thornen; Receipt of Payment, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1910; Correspondence, Telegraph, Compagnie Francaise des Cables Telegraphiques, 1910
20 Booklet, "A Rhyme for the Times," by Bookah Washington
21 Political speech, circa 1904
22 "American Dollars for Russia's Bottomless Pit," circa 1915
23 Abstract of the Averill Addition; Checklist, received of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Beaumont, Texas, "The following described papers in connection with the loan of Percy L. Smith," single page, 1951
24 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County (A. Brown Survey), 1838-1915; Booklet, Abstract of Title for A. H. Cartwright in the A. Brown Survey, 1838-1915; Deed, McDougald and Weathers to Cartwright(s)
25 Affidavit of R. L. Watts, concerning the summons of Ben C. Broocks to assist in upholding the law in San Augustine County, Texas, 1900
26 Deed from Maurice Smith to S. C. Hirams, 4428 acres west of Trinity River in Fayette County, Texas, 1836
27 Promissory Voucher, B. C. Broocks to T. W. Blount, 1895; Note with Vendor's Lien, John H. Broocks, Jr., to John C. Day, 1899; Promissory Document for Loan, John H. Broocks, Jr., to First National Bank of Beaumont, 1899; Promissory Voucher, John H. Broocks, Jr., to W. C. Tyrrell, 1901; Cleared Pay Voucher, John H. Broocks to J. B. Osborne, 1903; Cleared Pay Voucher, John H. Broocks to J. B. Osborne, 1903; Cleared Pay Voucher, John H. Broocks to J. B. Osborne, 1903; Cleared Pay Voucher, John H. Broocks to M. L. Broocks, 1907; Promissory Voucher, J. R. Do[?] to the First National Bank of Beaumont, 1907
Box Folder
3 1 Dominican Deeds, 1907
2 Dominican Deeds, circa 1907
3 J. J. Bonner's description of timberland in Santiago, Republica Dominica, 1907 March 2
4 Dominican Republic Land Deeds, 1907-1909
5 Dominican Deeds, 1907, 1921
6 The Dominican Yellow Pine Forest Report, 1908 November 25
7 Pamphlet, "Valentine J. Withers, Kentucky, June 2, 1818 - Texas, June 2, 1908"
8 Leaflet, "For the Honor of Texas, Joseph Weldon Bailey Will Not," with letter to Harris County Democrat Club, 1908; Pamphlet, "He Admits, or, The Confessions of Joseph Weldon Bailey"; Report on the Smith-Bailey Debate on The Bailey Controversy, 1906 October 26
9 John H. Broocks - envelopes, 1908-1921
10 Booklet on a case, "Winnie Ione Cheatham, et al vs. A. T. Smith, et al," with foreword by John H. Broocks
11 Publication, "Contestee's Brief, A. J. Houston, Contestant vs. M. L. Broocks, Contestee: Brief of Contestee, M. L. Broocks"
12 Publication, "Contestant's Brief of the Facts and the Authorities in the Contested Election Case of A. J. Houston, Contestant, vs. M. L. Broocks, Contestee, From the 2d Congressional District of Texas to the Fifty-Ninth Congress"
13 Article, "To the Voters of San Augustine County"
14 Dominican Lumber Company letters, 1907-1909
15 Agreement: J. R. Burns and C. M. Votaw, for Iron Mine, 1909 September 20
16 Dominican Republic Lumber Company, 1909-1910
17 Dominican Republic Land Deeds, circa 1909-1910
18 Dominican Lumber Company checks, 1909-1911
19 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
20 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
21 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
22 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
23 Legal Papers, 1907, 1909
24 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
25 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
26 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
27 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
28 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1909
29 Dominican Deeds, 1909, 1911
30 Dominican Deeds, 1909, 1912
31 Dominican Deeds, 1910, 1921, 1927
32 Dominican Republic Lumber Company, 1910-1927
33 Land Deeds, 1911, 1914, 1927
Box Folder
4 1 Article, "My Letter to the Voters of Harrison and Panola Counties," by John H. Broocks, 1910; Article, "John H. Broocks Announces for Congress," Beaumont Daily Journal, 1910 March 18
2 Dominican Republic: Power of Attorney Document on John H. Broocks and others selling their land with the Yellow Pine Trees, 1910
3 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
4 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
5 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
6 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
7 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
8 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
9 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
10 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
11 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
12 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
13 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
14 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
15 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
16 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
17 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
18 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
19 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
20 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1910
21 Western Union Telegrams from John H. Broocks, 1910
22 Western Union Telegrams to John H. Broocks, 1910-1928
23 Eulogies on Mrs. Henry C. Coke, Burrell J. Lewis and Quitman W. Beckman, by John H. Broocks, circa 1910-1935
24 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1911
25 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1911-1913
26 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1911-1920
27 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1912
28 John H. Broocks Club Papers with list of names to endorse and pledge to the club for his election to the 2nd District in the U.S. Congress, circa 1912
29 John H. Broocks, signature packets for election pledges, circa 1912
30 John H. Broocks, signatures to pledge election support, circa 1912
31 John H. Broocks, club signatures for endorsement or pledge, circa 1912
32 John H. Broocks, signature packets for election pledges, circa 1912
33 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1913
34 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1913
35 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1913
36 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1914
37 John H. Broocks personal items - newspaper articles, 1913
38 Booklet, "Development of the Dominican Republic," 1914
39 Correspondence of John H. Broocks with Bank, 1916-1917
40 Pamphlet, "An endeavor to account for the Oil Spots on the Surface of the Gulf of Mexico," by D. G. Price
41 "A Tribute to the Ladies," an address delivered at the T.P.A. Banquet in Dallas, Texas, by James V. Polk
42 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1918-1925
43 Letters from John H. Broocks, circa 1920s
44 Letters from John H. Broocks, circa 1921
45 Letters from John H. Broocks, circa 1921
46 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1921-1922
Box Folder
5 1 Transferred Deed: Margaret Wynn Herrin and E. M. Herrin to E. Conway Broun, 1930
2 Letter to Ed Flinn referring to W. B. Wynn taking over vendor's lien note for Margaret W. Herrin (his daughter), 1930 June 24
3 E. Conway Broun to E. M. Herrin (Warranty Deed); City of Beaumont to E. M. Herrin (Release); Uvalde Rock Asphalt Company to E. M. Herrin, et ux (Re Par Lien); T. W. Blount to E. C. Broun (Land Deed Jefferson County), 1921-1927
4 E. Conway Broun to W. B. Wynn (Deed), 1923
5 Margaret Wynn Herrin et vir to E. Conway Broun et al (Extension Note); E. M. Herrin to E. Conway Broun (Note); E. M. Herrin to E. Conway Broun (Note), 1923-1928
6 E. M. Herrin et ux to W. H. Burges (Contract); E. M. Herrin et ux and E. Conway Broun (Contract for Deed); Margaret Wynn Herrin et vir with E. Conway Broun et al. (Extension Agreement), 1922-1928
7 E. A. Bunge to Mrs. Margaret Herrin (Deed); W. B. Wynn to Margaret W. Herrin (Transfer of Vendor's Lien Note), 1928, 1931
8 Prohibition Speech by Frederick W. Lehmann, circa 1930
9 Postcards to Jackson B. Osborne and Mrs. I. J. Osborne, 1918, 1926
10 Dominican Lumber and Development Corporation Capital Stocks - John H. Broocks, 1922 October
11 Letters, 1922
12 Letters, 1922
13 Letters, 1922
14 Letters, 1922
15 Pamphlet, "The Genuine Knights of Columbus Oath and The Spurious One," 1922
16 Letters, 1922-1923
17 Letters, 1923
18 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1923
19 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1924-1925
20 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1924-1925
21 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1926-1928
22 Letters, 1926
23 John H. Broocks Letters, 1927
24 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1927-1928
25 Dominican Republic Lumber Company, 1927-1929
26 John H. Broocks Letters, 1928
27 John H. Broocks Letters, 1928
28 John H. Broocks Letters, 1928
29 John H. Broocks Letters, 1928
30 John H. Broocks Letters, 1929
31 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1929
32 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1929
33 Publication, "A Texas Sheriff," by A. J. Spradley; Article, "The Border-Wall-Broocks Feud," mentions the Broocks family
34 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1930-1931
35 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1930-1932
Box Folder
6 1 Letters from John H. Broocks to U.S. senators regarding his efforts to make the Sabine and Neches Rivers navigable again, 1933
2 John H. Broocks legal papers
3 Correspondence to Elizabeth Jerome Broocks from John H. Broocks, Sr., 1862 July 9
4 Correspondence to Major M. M. Kinswell from J. H. Broocks, 1863 May 6
5 Correspondence from Shelby Corzine to Judge O. M. Roberts, 1870
6 Letters to John H. Broocks, 1893-1898
7 Correspondence regarding John H. Broocks and Pattillo Higgins v. A. J. Seay, et al, Orange County, 1901
8 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1906-1909
9 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1931
10 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1932
11 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1933
12 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1933
13 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1933
14 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1933-1934
15 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1934
16 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1935
17 Letters from John H. Broocks, 1937, 1938
18 Letters to John H. Broocks, Sr., undated
19 Fraternal organizations, 1903
20 John H. Broocks ephemera, 1906
21 John H. Broocks ephemera, undated
22 Publication, "Twice-Told Tales of Texas," 1937
23 Tax Receipt - Mrs. E. C. Marks, 1939, 1940
24 Peggy Wilson Osborne (Margaret June Wilson Osborne) Personal Items, 1946-1949
25 Tax Receipt, Mrs. E. C. Marks, 1939, 1940
26 John H. Broocks political cartoon draft (image later used for "The Empty Dinner Pail"
27 Booklet, "Texas' Celebrities, Texas' Most Beautiful Women and Most Unique Men," by James V. Polk, 1936
28 Postcards of John H. Broocks
29 Postcards of John H. Broocks
30 Personal Items of John H. Broocks
31 Personal Items of John H. Broocks
32 A. J. Houston - M. L. Broocks Contest, 1904
33 Higgins World Oil Company, 1905-1907
34 Photographs, John H. Broocks
35 Photographs, John H. Broocks
36 Photographs, John H. Broocks
37 Shadrock Morris Mexican land grant
38 Scrapbook of household hints, undated
Box Folder
7 1 Correspondence to John Fuller from John Stone, 1849
2 Correspondence from John Polk to John H. Broocks and Elizabeth J. Broocks, 1860
3 Correspondence to Elizabeth Jerome Broocks from John H. Broocks, 1863 November 29
4 Letter to T. G. Broocks from W. S. Massey, 1863 July 27
5 Copy of correspondence from J. H. Broocks to Major M. M. Kinewall
6 Translated legal documents (from Spanish to English), 1834-1835
7 Translated legal documents (from Spanish to English), 1834-1835
8 Translated legal documents (from Spanish to English), 1828
9 Translated legal documents (from Spanish to English), 1834 or 1835
10 Jefferson County, 1902
11 Land Deeds, John H. Broocks, 1881-1927
Box Folder
11 1 John H. Broocks - Agreement Deeds, 1900-1935
2 John H. Broocks - Land Deed Cases, 1902-1904
3 Yount deed to land from John H. Broocks; Pattillo Higgins/J. H. Broocks land deed to J. V. Fleming, 1901, 1912, 1929
4 Land Lease Agreements to John H. Broocks, 1899, 1901
5 John H. Broocks - Land Lease Agreements, 1901
6 John H. Broocks - Contract of Extension Vendor's Lien Notes, 1919
7 John H. Broocks - Certificate of Redemption; Abstract of Judgment, 1906-1926
8 Agreement between D. G. Hinkle, John McLenden and John H. Broocks, 1913
9 Stock certificates to John H. Broocks (Angelina Gas Company, Big Thicket Oil Company, Liberty Oil & Sulphur Company, Little Giant Oil Company, Neches-Sabine Transportation Company, 2 Acre Oil Company
10 John H. Broocks vs. First National Bank in Hemphill, 1928-1931
11 Promissory Note - John H. Broocks and M. L. Broocks, 901, 1911
12 Protest - John H. Broocks, 1909, 1910
13 Jefferson County Land Deed for Broocks and Polk firm, 1892 March 24
14 San Augustine/Nacogdoches Land Deeds for Broocks and Polk firm, 1893, 1899
15 Citation: E. E. Smith vs. Pattillo Higgins, et al, 19097 November 27
16 Houston Oil Company vs. Miller and Vidor Lumber Company et al, 1900
17 Maps and Surveys, 1883-1915
18 Warranty Deeds to John H. Broocks, 1890-1907
19 Warranty Deeds to John H. Broocks, 1890-1907
20 Warranty Deeds to John H. Broocks, 1890-1907
21 Deeds to John H. Broocks, 1904-1929
22 Deeds from John H. Broocks, 1894-1928
23 Deeds to John H. Broocks, 1904-1929
24 Deeds from John H. Broocks, 1894-1928
25 Deeds from John H. Broocks
26 Deeds from John H. Broocks, 1910, 1923
27 Deeds from A. F. Broocks et al to John H. Broocks, 1923, 1924
28 Ben C. Broocks Land Deed, 1926
29 Checks and receipts to John H. Broocks, 1909, 1935, 1936
30 Checks and receipts from John H. Broocks, 1892-1936
Box Folder
12 1 Conservation of Broocks Civil War letter (1863), 2006
2 Correspondence from John Broocks to his wife, Elizabeth Jerome, prior to Siege of Corinth, 30 April 1862
3 Correspondence to Lieutenant Colonel John H. Broocks, 1864
4 Translation of Mexican land deed, 1830-1831
5 Land grant to Hezekiah Cartwright from State of Texas, 1851
6 Document transferring 320 acres of Nacogdoches District, Wood County, to T. G. Broocks, 1851
7 1854 Map of Texas
8 Deed of sale for 6 lots in Beaumont, from John A. Veatch to Alexander McIver, 1838
9 Promissory note, I. A. Broocks et al to Peet Simms and Co, 1862
10 Funeral notice for Lenora Ingalls, June 4 of unknown year
11 James Ingall' pilot's license, 1891
12 Deed for property in Montrose County, Colorado, from E. A. Cesay to E. D. Seale, 1890
13 Letter from George Collier to John H. Broocks regarding land dealings, 1897
14 Receipts, B. D. Carney - George W. Smyth Lumber Co., 1914
15 Information regarding Lone Star and Crescent Oil Company land
16 Nacogdoches County Oil Development Map, undated
17 Correspondence from Pattillo Higgins regarding stock in Higgins Standard Oil Company Ltd, 1895
18 Deed from Pattillo Higgins to Frank Seivert, Enoch Grigsby Survey, Hardin County, Texas, 1900
19 Stock certificates, Higgins World's Oil Company, 1906
20 Stock certificates, Higgins World's Oil Company, 1906
21 Canceled checks from Pattillo Higgins, 1907
22 Higgins Wonder Oil Company stock certificates, 1916
23 Pattillo Higgins correspondence to John H. Broocks, 1924
24 Stock certificate from Gandy-Garrett Oil Co. Ltd, to L. J. Seale, 1919
25 Canceled check from John H. Broocks, 1903
26 Judgment against Pattillo Higgins Oil, Gas and Coal Company in favor of J. A. Fite, Harris County District Court, 1916
27 Correspondence from the Dominican Republic to John H. Broocks, 1909
28 Note from John H. Broocks to Sallie Caswell, 1936
29 Correspondence from John Henry Kirby regarding unemployment relief, 1932
30 Correspondence from A. C. Maxwell, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, 1925
31 Annual Message of Mayor of Beaumont, Texas, 1915
32 Correspondence from John H. Kirby, 1928 January 18
Box Folder
13 1 Land Grants of O. C. Nelson and George W. Broocks, 1834
2 John Bordine Land Grant, 1846
3 Land Deeds, Cameron County: Solinas to J. L. Hudson of Bexar County, 1904; M. A. Watson to H. Masterson, 1915; W. R. Jones to P. M. Ikeler, 1924
4 Land Deeds, Hardin County: Tax Sale Deed, Hardin County to Mary Choate, 1881; Witness Page of W. W. Cruse, Nancy Gowen League, 1900; Wilkinson to George Oglesbee, 1919; Land grant to Isaac Bridge, 1849 (filed in Hardin County, 1901)
5 Land Deeds, Hardin County: W. H. Allen to George C. Greer, 1905
6 Harris County Indenture, 1841
7 Land Deeds, Hardin County: John S. Keaghey to M. A. Watson, 1906; Keaghey and Kirkland to M. A. Watson, 1906
8 Land Deeds, Hidalgo County: Power of Attorney granted by Solis to J. L. Hudson, 1904
9 Jasper County: Testament to Power of Attorney, John McDougal, Orleans, Louisiana, 1903; Robert Lee Rose, et al, Power of Attorney, John S. Keaghey, et al, 1900
10 Jefferson and Liberty Counties: Cameron(s) to W. C. Tyrrell, 1905
11 J. M. Williams vs. M. Larken et al, Galveston County, 1895
12 Land Deeds, Jefferson County: Indenture land deed transfer, Robert Kade to Mason R. Sidney, 1866; Indenture land deed transfer, Thomas Sidney Ballard to Milton M. Ballard, 1853; Hardin County land, R. F. Ashley to P. A. Ducey, 1900; Liberty County land, W. W. Willson to Frank Sievert, 1896; F. J. Duff to Thomas J. Bateau [Baten], 1927
13 Deed of trust: Mrs. Margaret Herrin, A Femme Sole, to E. L. Nall, use of E. A. Bunge, 1931
14 Intestate will of B. Rush Wallace, 1891
15 Land Deeds, Jefferson County: McDaniel(s) to Mrs. F. H. Paderas, 1909; Promissory Document, Land Deed, Hebert(s) to H. A. Hooks, 1923; Promissory Document, Land deed, E. A. Bunge to Mrs. Margaret Herrin, 1931; Mars Alice Lawson to J. C. Walker, 1902; Mrs. Louanza Calder to William Lawson, 1890
16 Land Deeds, Jefferson County: Warranty Deed with Vendor's Lien, H. B. Short to John H. Broocks, W. P. H. McFaddin and George C. Greer, 1902; R. F. Seastrunk to E. A. Gaulding, 1923; S. M. Johnson to O. W. Beckham and others, 1899; Resolution releasing Mrs. Bertah Sievert and F. Sievert from the judgement received by plaintiff E. L. Nall, Cause No. 20301, Jefferson County District Court, 1925; E. E. Easterling Half interest to Ben C. Broocks of land in W. H. Smith League, 1926
17 Land Deeds, Jefferson County: Liberty County land, Edward L. McCullen to P. A. Ducey, 1900; Resolution releasing H> A. Hooks of indebtedness, 1928; Resolution transferring H. A. Hooks' indebtedness to W. S. Davidson, 1923; Resolution conveying land, I. D. Polk to Arlington Realty Company, 1900
18 Land Deeds, Jefferson County: Land Quitclaim to S. L. Guin and W. M. Crook, 1928; Hardin County land, Mrs. Alice L. Keith to W. R. Blain, all half interest in oil, gas and minerals, 1925; The Beaumont Improvement Company to Creasy Hadnot, 1900; Giddings(es) to Robert Strick
Box Folder
14 1 Spanish certificates, circa 1904-1905
2 Republic of Texas Land Deed, Nicholas Coleman to Joseph Caldwell, 1843
3 State of Texas Land Deeds, 1880, 1899
4 Denman, Franklin and McGown letter to Lon C. Hill in reference to the Wells Land in the Llano Grande Grant, 1902 September 2
5 Translations of legal documents written in Spanish, 1893-1901
6 Papers regarding league of land six miles from Galveston Bay, 1893; original documents, 1834
7 Papers regarding tract of land in Cameron and Hidalgo counties, Severo de Jesus Hinojosa to A. C. Davis
8 Severo de Jesus Hinojosa documents, 1904
9 Joseph Walker field in Sabine County, 1838; Original land grant, 1834-1835
10 Llano Grande Grant Documents (land title granted to Juan Jose Hinojosa de Balli)
11 Llano Grande land grants - title granted to Juan Jose Hinojosa de Balli, circa 1930s
12 Llano Grande land grants - Juan Jose Hinojosa de Balli family
13 Llano Grande, 1887
Box Folder
15 1 List of titles and evidence of title to lands in the State of Texas, 1846 August 18
2 List of properties in Hardin, Sabine, and San Augustine Counties
3 Survey list of land in Hardin County
4 Survey of Jefferson County, 1887
5 Land Agreement: W. I. and Blanche Gilbert to R. F. Ashley and Company, 1901 April
6 Land Agreement: W. I. and Blanche Gilbert to R. F. Ashley and Company, 1901 April
7 Land Agreements in Shelby and San Augustine Counties with the R. F. Ashley Company, 1901
8 The Texas Star Oil and Land Company capital stock certificate
9 Sour Lake Oil and Fuel Company capital stock certificate - G. W. Slaughter
10 The Sabine Development Company capital stock certificate - A. L. Chenault
11 Citizens Consolidated Oil Company capital stock certificate - S. M. Davis
12 The Beaumont Furniture and Art Wood Manufacturing Company capital stock certificate - Leon R. Levy
13 Jefferson County Abstract Company capital stock
14 Property Inventory for James and Sarah Ann Ingalls divorce, 1851 June 19
15 John Young and Salome Balliboth marriage license, Cameron County, Texas, 1853 November 9
16 Miscellaneous letters, checks, and receipts
Box Folder
16 1 Hardin County, Abstract 690
Box Folder
15 2 Jasper County, Otho S. Hart Abstract
3 Jasper County, Abstract 18
4 Jasper County, Abstract 321
5 Jasper County, Abstract 321
6 Jasper County, Abstract 342
7 Jefferson County, Averill Addition
8 Jefferson County, Booker Heights
9 Jefferson County, Briarcliff (Extension of Calder Highlands Addition
10 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands
11 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands
12 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands
13 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands Extension
14 Jefferson County, David Brown Survey
15 Jefferson County, J. W. Bullock Survey
16 Miscellaneous letters, checks, and receipts
Box Folder
16 1 Hardin County, Abstract 690
2 Jasper County, Otho S. Hart Abstract
3 Jasper County, Abstract 18
4 Jasper County, Abstract 321
5 Jasper County, Abstract 321
6 Jasper County, Abstract 342
7 Jefferson County, Averill Addition
8 Jefferson County, Booker Heights
9 Jefferson County, Briarcliff (Extension of Calder Highlands Addition)
10 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands
11 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands
12 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands
13 Jefferson County, Calder Highlands Extension
14 Jefferson County, David Brown Survey
15 Jefferson County, J. W. Bullock Survey
16 Jefferson County, Dennis Gahagan Survey
Box Folder
17 1 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Marmion's Colored Addition
2 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Mayfair Second Addition
3 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Nederland Lot (Hillcrest/Hillcrest Second Addition)
4 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Oakwood Addition
5 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Robertson Addition
6 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, John A. Veatch Survey
7 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, John A. Veatch Survey (Spindletop Heights Subdivision)
8 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, John A. Veatch Survey (Spindletop Heights Subdivision)
9 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, John A. Veatch Survey (Spindletop Heights Subdivision)
10 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Charles Williams Survey
11 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Charles Williams Survey
12 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Hezekiah Williams Survey
13 Abstract of Title - Jefferson County, Hezekiah Williams Survey
14 Abstract of Title - Orange County, John Creamer Survey
15 Abstract of Title - Orange County, Abstract 239
16 Abstract of Title - Sabine County, Richard Haley Survey
17 Abstract of Title - San Augustine County, Hezekiah Cartwright Survey
18 Abstract of Title - San Augustine County, James Hanks Survey (index to abstract of 100)
19 Miscellaneous Counties in Texas
20 Notes on Abstract of Title with copy
21 Instrument of Deeds
Box Folder
18 1 Laws of the Republic of Texas in Two Volumes, Volume I, pp. 1-163, cover and index, 1837
2 Laws of the Republic of Texas, Volume II, pp. 59-276 and index, 1837
3 Laws of the Republic of Texas, pp. 3-122, index, 1837
4 Laws of the Republic of Texas, pp. 11-158, 1838
5 Laws Passed by the Eighth Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1844
6 Laws Passed at the Extra Session of the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1845
7 Laws Passed by the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1845
8 Reports of the Comptroller and Treasurer, 1848 and 1849, Third Legislature of the State of Texas, 1849
9 31st Congress, 1st Session, Ex. Doc. No. 42 (Senate), 1850
10 Constitution of the Confederate States of America, p. 1-17, 1861
11 The Constitution of the State of Texas, 1866
12 Laws of the Third Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume III, 1850
Box Folder
19 1 Letter to stockholders of the Dominican Lumber Company, 1908
2 Leaflet, "To The Voters of San Augustine County"
3 Pocket map of the Dominican Republic, early 1900s
4 Land survey map - very fragile and cannot be unfolded
5 Land survey map - very fragile and cannot be unfolded
6 Map of the Dominican Republic, with handwritten captions, early 1900s
Writings of John H. Broocks
Box Folder
10 1 "The Empty Dinner Pail," by John H. Broocks, with correspondence, 1931
2 Publication, "The Empty Dinner Pail," 1931
3 Cartoon of tax collector who is collecting from taxpayers, from "To Hell I Reckon"
4 Stamped print of "The Tax Payer Bird" illustrations, from "To Hell I Reckon," book by John H. Broocks
5 Stamped print photo of John H. Broocks, from "To Hell I Reckon" and "The Empty Dinner Pail"
6 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
7 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
8 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
9 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
10 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
11 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
12 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
13 John H. Broocks, personal papers - transcribed from The Houston Post, 1936 May 3 (analytical study of the Ad Valorem tax problems of Texas)
14 John H. Broocks, personal papers - transcribed from The Houston Post, 1936 May 31 (writings on the Ad Valorem Tax)
15 Book Review by Andrew Allen Veatch of "To Hell I Reckon"
16 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
17 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
18 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
19 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
20 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
21 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
22 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
23 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
24 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
25 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
26 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
27 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
28 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
29 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
30 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
31 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
32 John H. Broocks, writings and personal papers
33 John H. Broocks, manuscripts: Compilation of Stories
34 John H. Broocks, manuscripts: Compilation of news articles and manuscripts
35 "Rights and Remedies of the Honest Tax Payers, a Book of Original Thoughts, Quotations, Records of Estimates," 1936
36 John H. Broocks manuscripts: Compilation of Facts from the World Almanac
37 John H. Broocks manuscripts: Data Information on U. S. States
38 Mathematics (Compilation of Numbers and Problems)
39 Compiled Manuscripts, Data Information on U.S. States
40 Manuscript: Data Information on U.S. States
41 Manuscript: "My Remedies for Human Ailments and Other Stories"
42 Manuscript: "Philosophy and Fact"
43 Manuscript: "Spelling and Dictionary, Parts 1 and 2"
44 Compiled manuscripts, "Spelling and Dictionary, Parts 1 and 2"
45 Advertisement blotters
46 Manuscript: "Spelling and Dictionary, Parts 3 and 4"
47 Manuscript: "Spelling and Dictionary, Parts 3 and 4"

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William Seale Papers

Box Folder
7 12 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
13 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
14 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
15 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
16 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
17 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
18 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
19 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
20 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
21 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
22 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
23 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
24 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
25 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
26 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
27 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
28 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
29 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
30 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
31 Seale Drug Company, Account Ledger
Box Folder
8 1 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "B-C"
2 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "C"
3 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "C"
4 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "C-D"
5 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "E-G"
6 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "H"
7 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "H-J"
8 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "J-L"
9 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "L"
10 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "L"
11 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "M"
12 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "M-N"
13 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "O-P"
14 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "P-R"
15 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "R"
16 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "R"
17 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "R-S"
18 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "S"
19 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "S"
20 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "S"
21 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "S-T"
22 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "T"
23 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "W"
24 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "W"
25 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "W"
26 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "W"
27 Seale Drug Company Account Statements, "W-Z"
Box Folder
9 1 Letters to William Seale, 1935-1951
2 William Seale - Receipts, 1923-1949
3 William Seale - Deeds
4 William Seale - Deeds
5 William Seale - Deeds
6 A. Williams Survey - Notes and Letters, 1926-1927
7 Book, belonged to L. J. Seale, Mathematical Tables: Difference of Latitude and Departure: Logarithms, from 1 to 10,000; Artificial Sines, Tangents, and Secants, 1814
8 Poem: "The Battle Between Ike and Faubus"

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