M. W. Matthews, James Latimer, and David Lane constituted the Board that granted Stout his land certificate. The certificate stipulated that the land located under it was to be paid for at $3.50 per labor, of "irregate land"; $1.30 per labor for pasture land, and timbered land at $1.20 per labor.
On the fifth day of July following the issuance of this certificate, Stout conveyed his land holdings thus acquired to Mrs. Isabella H. Clark, notwithstanding the territorial and boundary disputes. This issuance of writing was to the effect that Stout conveyed it for valuable consideration to Isabella H. Clark; that Stout was of the County of Red River, of the Republic of Texas, and that the grantee was of the Republic of the foresaid. Stout's name was demanded, his mark was his sign and the instrument was witnessed by Dr. George Gordon and William B. Stout.
Since this instrument was not signed and acknowledged
by a legally authorized official, the certificate under the sign of
office was made a matter of record with an affidavit by George Gordon,
one of the witnesses, before the County Clerk, J. C. Wright, that had
heard Stout's acknowledgment. This indicated two important facts,
namely: First, that Red River County had been duly organized under the
authority by the act of Congress of the Republic of Texas and, second,
that the people of the disputed territory had by their own conduct
settled once and for all time the vexed boundary and local jurisdiction