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    Nestor Clay Autographed Letter Signed Twice "N. Clay." Two and one-half pages, 7.75" x 12.5", "Austin's Colony," April, 28, 1832, in ink, it reads, in full:

    "I have just met with an opportunity of writing to you by a gentleman from Christian County Ky. Mr. Estis he is so well pleased he wishes to give a way one of the finest homes & farm in Ky to get leave to come to this free fighting stock raiseing [sic] money hunting countrys [sic] I have just got home having been gone since the 15th of January last on a campaign against the Indians in the mountains we traveled about 300 miles up the Colorado across to the Brazos Thence down that & the Rio San Andrews in a king 681 miles & saw no Indians but we got a chance to living for 3 months on 19 different kinds of animals to wit Buffalo Mustang horse wild cow Deer antelope panther Bear wild cat mountain cat polecat Leopard cat together with a variety of fish fowl turtle &c making 19 in all we started to be gone 20 or 30 days so that we were 60 days without Bread salt coffee sugar Tobacco or in fact any thing beat Horse beef at times but I do assure You that it is better than Buffalo wild cow or venison so that if you have an old fat horse that is worth no more than an ox of the same size you can try it & I can also State that polecat is the worst meete [sic] I have ever tasted. The family are all in good health having children & all she says she is trying to make arrangements for us all to come to see you this fall she is sole maneger [sic] here she has & tolerable crop of corn some rye wheat & oats that looks pretty well she has 40 calves in her pen & expects 60 this season they are now fine beef even the milch [sic] cows she has about 200 head & is getting quite proud of her stock & farm for you must know that I have my bottle of Brandy by me & have gave ale up but arms your grand children & child looks very well to be serious I should be glad to hear from you & all my friend often but you have badly neglected writing as well as the rest of my friends write how all are & give us all the news"

    "PS I had like to have forgot to tell you of the quantity of silver oar [sic] we found I think from the experiment made and the silver smelted that we may calculate on a fortune some day from it. N. Clay"

    Nestor Clay (1799-1835), a cousin of the famous politician Henry Clay, first moved to "Austin's Colony" in 1822. Austin's Colony had been established in 1821 by an empresario grant issued by the Spanish government to Moses Austin, who died before his plan could be put into action. His son, Stephen F. Austin, deemed the rightful heir of the grant which allowed three hundred families (the Old Three Hundred) to settle as colonists in Texas, carried on his father's work. In 1824, Clay, a former state senator from Kentucky, returned to Texas after a brief visit to Kentucky where he had gone to be married. He was a member of the Conventions of 1832 and 1833 and was killed during an Indian raid in 1834. While not a member of the Old Three Hundred, by the time of his death he held title issued by the Mexican government for 25,000 acres.

    The letter is toned and there is some foxing. The paper exhibits the usual fold creases and there are some minor tears along these. Ghosting from the original wax seal; the script is bold and beautifully preserved. In fine condition.

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