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Zacheus Hamlin Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hamlin, Zacheus.
Title: Zacheus Hamlin Papers
Dates: 1832-1838
Abstract: Zacheus Hamlin of Hyannis, Massachusetts, was a Justice of the Peace for Barnstable County. He came to Texas in 1836, settling in Mina County, later renamed Bastrop, where he worked as a land agent for the Texas Land Company of Hyannis. This collection contains correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, speeches, and journals. It includes business and personal correspondence, a petition for and certificate of citizenship in the Republic of Texas, and an agreement between Hamlin and officials of the Texas Land Company of Hyannis appointing him their land purchase agent. Journals describe a trip through Massachusetts and his journey to Texas. His Texas journal indicates he attended meetings of the formation of the Texas Republic. The collection also includes a letter from Hamlin's wife indicating why she is leaving him and a letter from John Reed of Washington City regarding legal advice on his marital difficulties. Much of the correspondence is from Edmund Andrews of Brazoria, Texas.
Identification: GA18
Extent: 5 folders (0.08 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Zacheus Hamlin of Hyannis, Massachusetts, was a Justice of the Peace for Barnstable County. He was appointed a land agent for the Texas Land Company of Hyannis and came to Texas in 1836, settling in Mina County, which later became Bastrop County.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, speeches, and journals. Includes business and personal correspondence, a petition for and certificate of citizenship in the Republic of Texas, and an agreement between Hamlin and officials of the Texas Land Company of Hyannis appointing him their land purchase agent. Journals describe a trip through Massachusetts and his journey to Texas. The Texas journal indicates Hamlin attended meetings of the formation of the Texas Republic. The collection also includes a letter from Hamln's wife indicating why she is leaving him and a letter from John Reed of Washington City regarding legal advice on his marital difficulties. Much of the correspondence is from Edmund Andrews of Brazoria, Texas.


Organization

Materials are arranged in chronological order in 5 folders.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Hamlin, Zacheus--Archives.
Organizations
Texas Land Company of Hyannis (Mass.)--Records and correspondence.
Places
Hyannis (Mass.)--Social life and customs--Diaries--19th century.
Massachusetts--Description and travel--Diaries--19th century.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846--Diaries.
Texas--Description and travel--19th century--Diaries.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Citation

Zacheus Hamlin Papers, GA18, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift of Jenkins Garrett, 1974.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Folder
GA18 1 Justice of the Peace Certification, February 1, 1832
Certification with seal affixed signed by Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Levi Lincoln, Jr., acknowledging Zacheus Hamlin as Justice of the Peace for Barnstable, Massachusetts
1 Letter, ZD Bafsett to Z[acheus] Hamlin, September 1834
1 Pamphlet, January 1835
Handwritten pamphlet containing two speeches: one favoring prohibition and one against the death penalty
1 Letter, Wife to Z[acheus] Hamlin, May 12, 1835
Author reveals her intentions of leaving her husband and the reasons behind her decision
1 Letter, Seth Swift to Zacheus Hamlin, December 28, 1835
Author describes environment and land holdings in East Texas and favorably describes general conditions in the area.
2 Journal, March 15, 1836 - April 7, 1836
Author describes his journey from Captain Bassett's house to Barnstable, Massachusetts.
2 Questions and answers, Hamlin to M.M. Lane, approximately 1836
Hamlin questions Lane about his coming to Texas, service in the army, and claims to bounty lands.
2 Letter, John Reed to Z[acheus] Hamlin, February 14, 1836
Author reports reading Hamlin's report before a temperance society. He also offers consolation concerning Hamlin's unhappy home life. He then answers legal questions regarding the nature of marital cruelty, incrimination of a spouse, and the rights of a husband to keep his wife at home.
2 Promissory note, April 15, 1836
Promissory note to Zacheus Hamlin from Freeman Tobey for $200 for six months.
2 Diary, June 2, 1836 - February 9, 1837
Author describes trip from Massachusetts to Texas and describes activities each day including collection of money from people, places traveled, inventory lists, population estimations, and expense accounts.
2 Invoice, September 19, 1836
Invoice of nine boxes of merchandise and two barrels of whiskey shipped by Zacheus Hamlin on schooner, Shenandoah Beateman, from New Orleans to Velasco and Matagorda, Texas.
2 Power of attorney and statement of facts by Richard Bache, November 19, 1836
States activities in Texas as clerk for Colonel La Mar and associations with Q. Martins, Major Brigham, and Captain Marshall.
2 Contractual agreement, Texas Land Company of Hyannis, 1836
Partners name Hamlin their land agent in Texas and L.D. Bassett, Esq., trustee. Hamlin will receive 5% of the capital for expenses and an unstipulated amount when successful. A list of names of shareholders and amount of investment follows.
3 Petition for citizenship of Zacheus Hamlin in the Republic of Texas, February 1, 1837
Petition is addressed to honorable Benjamin C. Franklin, District Judge, County of Brazoria, and states Hamlin arrived in Texas September 27, 1836.
3 Receipt, February 3, 1837
Receipt of draft by L. Markham on Mr. Maud, New Orleans, for $50 signed by John Beldin.
3 Letter, from John Beldin February 18, 1837
Author is sending papers left with him by Hamlin and explains that other documents will follow.
3 Certificate of citizenship in the Republic of Texas, May 9, 1837
Certificate of citizenship for Zacheus Hamlin in the Republic of Texas signed by Judge Rabb.
3 Letter, Darius Ladd to Z[acheus] Hamlin, July 1, 1837
Author states that he has not located a bank draft as requested by Hamlin. He further discusses the condition of currency.
3 Letter, Judge Edmund Andrews to Zacheus Hamlin, August 3, 1837
Author discusses several financial matters.
3 Letter, Edmund Andrews to Zacheus Hamlin, August 14, 1837
Author discusses accepting Hamlin's draft. He encloses deeds for two lots in Mina and discusses what to do with them. A postscript discusses discrepancy in dates of deeds.
3 Letter, Edmund Andrews to Zacheus Hamlin, August 25, 1837
Author discusses security of $2600 and reports Capt[ain] Fuller has gone to Houston.
3 Promissory note, August 29, 1837
Promissory note to Thomas U. Mayes from Zacheus Hamlin for $50.
4 Letter, Edmund Andrews to Zacheus Hamlin, September 7, 1837
Author discusses procedures for sending the previously mentioned $2600, other financial matters, and the availability and price of provisions.
4 Letter, Edmund Andrews to Zacheus Hamlin, September 15, 1837
Author discusses financial matters and scarcity of money and transportation for provisions. He comments again on the location of Capt[ain] Fuller.
4 Letter, Edmund Andrews to Zacheus Hamlin, September 21, 1837
Author continues discussion of the $2600 and other financial matters. He promises to send letter from Capt[ain] Crowell and discusses selling provisions. He closes with news from New Orleans.
4 Invoice, November 7, 1837
Copy of invoice for sundries remitted to Hamlin.
4 Invoice, November [9], 1837
Invoice of merchandise charged to E[dmund] Andrews from R.E. Mills Co.
4 Bill, November 9, 1837
Bill for merchandise for Hamlin on account of Andrews.
4 Letter, [?] Basset to Zacheus Hamlin, October 29, 1837
Author describes the contents of two trunks sent to Hamlin. The author then discusses an upcoming lyceum, Hamlin's health, his own welfare, and the weather and conditions in Massachusetts.
4 Receipt, November 23, 1837
Receipt for $5 from R.B. Craft to Hamlin signing for M.M. Gorham.
5 Fragment, undated
5 Fragment, undated
Fragment of financial statement of Hamlin, deceased, verified by L.D. Bassett and witnessed by Justice of the Peace Lothrop Davis.
5 List, undated
List of courses and distances of sundry places from Bells Landing, Marion, Texas.
5 Letter fragment, from Hamlin, undated
One page of a letter that discusses his voyage by ship, personal information about friends, and his own uncertain future.
5 Letter fragment, from Catherine Lumbert, undated
Final page of letter discussing Hamlin's marital difficulties.
5 Notarization form, undated
Copy of notarization form for Lenas Bassett.
5 List, undated
Inventory or shopping list.