DescriptionMoses Austin Autograph Document Signed. One page, 7.75" x 2.5", "Mine A Burton," July 3, 1812. Austin directs "Mr Martin Rugles you will send me as much meal as the . . . [illegible] can bring. [signed] Moses Austin."
In 1796, Moses Austin (1761-1821), the father of Stephen F. Austin, settled at the small Missouri community of Mine A. Burton, the first settlement in Washington County (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. This request for meal is on toned paper. Austin's signature is only slightly faded. On the verso is written, "M. Austin order."
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