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    Moses Austin Autograph Endorsement Signed "Moses Austin." One page, 8" x 5.25", Mine au Burton [Louisiana Territory], October 24, 1806. Austin writes three lines at the bottom of a promissory note by Mr. Whittlesey to pay seventy dollars by May of 1809. Austin's text reads in full: "On condition Mr. Whittlesey should not be capable to pay the above I will on the condition pay the sum of Seventy Dollars." In 1796, Moses Austin (1761-1821) settled at the small Missouri community of Mine au Burton (modern-day Potosi, Missouri), the first settlement in Washington County and then part of Upper Spanish Louisiana. The community was established near lead deposits, which Austin mined and shipped from the nearby Mississippi River port town of Ste. Genevieve. His Missouri lead business venture was not successful, and he ran into trouble after 1812 for not paying his debts, so he traveled to Texas in 1820 in search of other opportunities. After receiving a grant to bring 300 colonists to Texas, he returned to Missouri to make preparations for his new Texas colony. Just two months after arriving back in Missouri, however, he died, but not before requesting his son Stephen to carry out his plan to begin a colony in Texas. A portion of the right corner is detached, but does not affect the text. Toned along the edges. Austin's signature is bold with a beautiful paraph. Very good.

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