[Proclamation offering rewards for the recapture of James Humphreys, charged with the murder of Captain Joseph Powell, and Charles Richards, charged with the murder of a friendly Indian, Captain Toby
Dated at Houston August 17, 1837, and signed by President Houston and R. A. Irion, Secretary of State.]
[Houston Printed at the Telegraph Office, 1837]
Filmed from the Holdings of the Texas State Library Austin, Texas
By the President of the Republic of Texas
Proclamation for the Apprehension of
James Humphreys and Charles Richards
17th August 1837
Whereas, official information has been received that James Humphreys who had been committed by the civil authorities of the County of Brazoria on the charge of having assassinated Capt. Joseph Powell, at Columbia in June last; and was transferred by said authorities to then Military Post of Velasco for safe keeping, did escape on the night of the 10th instant in irons from said Post. Said Humphreys was born in the County of Orckney, Scotland, is about twenty eight years of age, five feet eight inches high, dark complexion, black hair and eyes and by profession a Physician.
Now therefore I Sam Houston President of the Republic of Texas, do, by these presents, in the name of said Republic offer a reward of Two hundred dollars for the apprehension and delivery of the said Humphreys to any Judge or Justice of the Peace, of the Republic, in order that he may be dealt with according to the Law.
And whereas, Charles Richards, who had been committed on the charge of having murdered a friendly Indian, known by the name of Capt. Toby, near this place, in the month of May last, by the Civil Authorities of Harrisburg County; and did escape in irons on the night of the 10th instant from the guard who had him in custody. Said Richards is about forty five years old, stout made, fair and curly hair; a small piece off the end of his nose; is addicted to drinking, and resides near St. Augustine.
Therefore, I do, by the authority aforesaid, hereby offer a reward of Two hundred Dollars for the apprehension and delivery of the said Richards to any Judge or Justice of the Peace, of the Republic, in order that he may be dealt with according to Laws.
In testimony whereof, I have caused the Seal of the Republic of Texas to be hereto affixed; Done at the City of Houston this 17th day of August one thousand and eight hundred and thirty seven.
Signed Sam Houston and R. A. Irion, Secretary of State
Charles Richards is my 3rd great grandfather