DescriptionMoses Austin Promissory Note Signed "M Austin". One page, 7.5" x 2.75", August 29, 1801, St. Genevieve [Missouri], stating, "I will pay Madam Le Plant Three Dollars & Fifty Cents in Lead or Peltry on Demand." After his Virginia lead business failed, Moses Austin, the father of Stephen F. Austin, settled in Missouri, then part of Upper Spanish Louisiana, in 1796. He mined lead in the Lead Belt in the southeastern Missouri town of Potosi. St. Genevieve, a nearby town along the Mississippi River that dated back to the early 1700s, was a port town from which lead was shipped.
Austin's Missouri lead business venture, and his other business ventures, were not successful. He was arrested in 1820 for not paying his debts, so he traveled to Texas in search of other opportunities. After receiving a grant to bring 300 colonists to Texas, he returned to Missouri to make preparations for the new Texas colony. Just two months after arriving back, however, he died, though not before requesting his son Stephen to carry out his plan to begin a colony in Texas. With docketing on verso, this promissory note signed by the father of the man known as the Father of Texas, is toned with folds and fine.
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