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    Moses Austin Document Signed: "Moses Austin", four pages, 7.5" x 10.25", Genevieve, Missouri, July 27, 1813. Moses was a merchant and mine owner who contributed to the Revolution and the expansion West. This document is signed by the father of Stephen F. Austin, the founder of the American lead industry and the first man to obtain permission to bring Anglo-American settlers into Spanish Texas, recording "the several answers of Moses Austin one of the Defendants to the Bill amended of Jacob Wood against him, Horace Austin & Daniel Bissett." The matter at hand concerns Austin's lead smelting business, regarding an 1810 agreement in which "said Jacob Wood contracted with the defendant to deliver him eight thousand pounds of lead at the Genevieve at the price of fifty dollars per thousand...." That amount of lead was not available, so Wood substituted shot, and uncertainties as to relative value seem to have brought about the legal difficulties. The document is signed by Moses Austin and James Austin. James Austin seems most certainly not to be Moses' son, the brother of Stephen F. Austin. He was likely another relative involved in the business. Fine condition; separation along old fold line.

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    October, 2006
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
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