Galveston, Tx. 1867-1869. pp., on a single folded folio sheet of lined paper, with integral blank plus fourteen partially-printed receipts completed in manuscript. Minor dust-soiling, creasing, and edge wear. Very good. Item #3723
A post-Civil War manuscript agreement from Texas, with the signatures of twenty-six investors, transferring their stock in the Brazos Iron Bridge Company to John Sealy of the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway Company. Additionally the document is noted and signed on the verso by Sealy, transferring those same shares to Thomas W. Peirce. The document is accompanied by fourteen receipts for installment payments on capital stock purchased in the Brazos Iron Bridge Company, some of which relates directly to the larger transfer agreement.
The Brazos Iron Bridge Company was organized in 1867. Its mission was to construct a railway bridge across the Brazos River. The bridge, completed in July 1869, was purchased by the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway, later known as the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway Company. When the dust settled on the various transactions among the shareholders, John Sealy owned a one-eighth interest in the railway company. Sealy moved from Pennsylvania to Galveston in 1846 and became an important early Galveston merchant, real estate investor, and railroad magnate.