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    Stephen Austin gives written directions for land surveys among his original Texas colonists

    Stephen F. Austin Autograph Land Document Signed Twice, once in the text of the document. One page, 7.75" x 6.5", n.p., July 1830. Empresario Stephen Austin gives directions for a land survey among his Old Three Hundred. The document reads in full:

    ". . . [missing text] Fisher
    . . . [missing text] for Nelson below Wallace
    League for point
    One League for S. F. Austin back of Mrs. Picket or Pentecost to front on the Prairie Creek Lake or if that league is not a good one lay off a League next below Vandorn to front on Live Oak and Prairie Creek Lake - I leave the [sel]ection of my league to you

    Lay off the land on Cany & between Cany & Prairie Creek to the best advantage & Survey all that is likely to be taken.

    S. F. Austin
    July 1830

    The names of six of Austin's original Old Three Hundred appear in these written directions: James Fisher, James Nelson, Caleb Wallice, Pamelia Picket, George Pentecost, and Isaac Vandorn. Docketed on the verso in another hand, "Austin's Directions July 1830 For Mr. Weightman. To select and survey a league of land." Paper loss occurs along the left margin with minor loss of text, but the margin has been backed with similar-colored paper. Minor tape repairs on the verso. It appears that this text has been excised from a larger document, this being the lower portion of the larger sheet.

    Austin moved to Texas in 1821 to colonize his father's Mexican land grant. By the time this document was written and signed in 1830, the empresario was involved in the exhaustive management, both civil and military, of his colonists, who lived on nearly 300 land grants. Five years before the Texas Revolution, Austin has written this document and signed his signature in bold ink.

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