Davy Crockett signed letter among highlights of Texan sale

A signed letter from hero of the Alamo Davy Crockett to the publisher of his autobiography is valued at $60,000-80,000 ahead of a sale of Texan memorabilia at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

Davy Crockett letter
Davy Crockett died defending the Alamo against Mexican forces in 1836

It reads in full: "You will receive at the same time with this a letter from Mr. Chilton, who is entitled to the first eight hundred dollars from the sale of my Book, out of the Sixty two and one half per cent, coming to me, as by your original agreement with me I enclose an order for that amount, which you will pleas accept and return to Mr. Chilton.

"I shall shortly visit your City, when we will make some further regulations about distributing the work. I am sincerely your friend [signed] David Crockett."

Crockett wrote his autobiography after his re-election to congress in 1833, as at the time he was running low on funds. He decided to play up to his outdoorsman image, even going so far as to fabricate large sections of the book.

An 1833 promissory note by Jim Bowie, who also fought at the Alamo, could make an identical sum of $60,000-80,000 at the March 14 auction.

It reads: "One day after date I promise to pay Thos. Gary or leave the sum of one hundred and Twenty five dollars 82 Cents for value [illegible]."

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