A Guide to the Texas Land and Mortgage Company Records, [ca. 1880s-1940s]
The Texas Land and Mortgage Company of London, Ltd. (TLMC) was founded in 1882, during a boom time for British investment outside the country. By the next year, the company had established an office in Dallas, Texas, with C. E. Wellesley as trustee and general manager. The TLMC focused on lending money on the properties of individuals and other companies, becoming one of only a few Texas speculation corporations to prosper in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Rippy, J. Fred. "British Investments in Texas Lands and Livestock."The Southwestern Historical Quarterly Vol. 58, No. 3 (January 1955): pp. 331-341.
Composed of mortgages, liens, collateral and special loans, correspondence, and other financial and legal documents, the Texas Land and Mortgage Company (TLMC) Records, [ca. 1880s-1940s], chronicle the real estate transactions of the TLMC’s office in Dallas, Texas. The records concern the work of C. E. Wellesley, James C. MacDonald, A. G. Wood, and other general managers with individuals, livestock agencies, legal firms, and land and livestock agents, such as the American Live Stock Commission Company; livestock merchants Clay, Robinson & Company; the firm of Darnell and Whitehurst; and Henry James Scott of the J. H. Meurer & Company. Divided by account number, mortgages include deeds of trust, warranty deeds, applications for loans, and promissory notes, while liens on mortgages and loans consist of legal notes, transfers, abstracts, deeds of trust, affidavits, statements, appointments for legal trustees, land grants, and business correspondence. Collateral and special loans include promissory notes, accounts, attorney’s certificates, land deeds, banking correspondence, checks, and other related items. Additionally, cashbooks record money received for different accounts, and deeds to real estate and foreclosures include quitclaim deeds, trustee’s deeds, abstracts of judgment, and warranty deeds.
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Texas Land and Mortgage Company Records, [ca. 1880s-1940s], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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