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    Moses Austin Autograph Letter Signed "M. Austin," one page, 8.25"x 10.5". Mine au Burton, June 13, 1803. To Frances James, addressed by Austin on verso to "Mr. Frances James/St. Genouve." In full "I have sent you by Jos Coleman 8 Barrs Lead which you will please store for me." In 1797, the Spanish Commandant granted to Moses Austin a square league of land and the lead mines discovered at Mine au Burton (or "Breton") near St. Genevieve, in Spanish Upper Louisiana (later, Missouri). He also received the right to settle 30 families there from the United States. Austin erected smelting furnaces and developed the lead deposits, producing the first sheet lead and cannonballs made in Missouri. On the lower part of the letter, Joseph Coleman has signed with his "X" mark, "Recd from Moses Austin Eight Barrs Lead which I promise to deliver Mr. Frances James in St. Genevieve. Mine Au Burton, June 13, 1803. 8 Barrs Lead." On verso is a column of notes penned by Austin, headed by him "Memorandum." On 11 lines he's listed what seem to be purchases and payments for items such as linen. The letter has been archivally reinforced with tissue. With uneven margins and paper loss, however Austin's holograph remains unaffected.



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    December, 2007
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