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    Stephen F. Austin Coastal Colony Grant Signed "Estevan F. Austin" in Spanish, two pages, 8.25" x 12", front and verso. San Felipe de Austin, November 22, 1831. Partly printed, completed in manuscript by Austin's secretary, Samuel May Williams, who has added "30 and 31" next to the printed years "1828 and 29" at the top of the first page, signing "Williams," and on the second page "Samuel M. Williams" with "C.C. Givens" as attending witnesses. Imprinted at head: "Estevan F. Austin, Empresario to establish Three Hundred Families within the ten coastal leagues on the coast of the Mexican interior, between the La Baca River and the San Jacinto River; and special commissioner of the Supreme Government of the State of Coahuila and Texas for the partition and possession of lands, and issuing of titles inside the empresario's limits to the new Colonists..." First printing. Variant of Streeter 14 (locating only one copy). The execution of this deed was one of the four steps required for an immigrant to obtain land in Austin's Colony. The present document was the second of the two required copies, the original being filed in the Land Office and the second copy retained by the grantee. This document is the "certified copy" of an original land grant in Austin's Coastal Colony. This deed grants George House "one sitio" of land, approximately 4,400 acres, on Mustang Creek. On the lower half of the second page is a Manuscript Document Signed "Jesse Grimes Chief/Justice County Court/Montgomery County," Montgomery, February 26, 1838, stating that before him "came personally Frederick Rankin and Charles B. Stewart and said that the above Signature of Estevan F. Austin to this deed is his true and proper Signature and they have frequently seen him write it." Each has signed: "F.H. Rankin" and "Chas B. Stewart." Frederick H. Rankin was one of Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. Jesse Grimes and Charles B. Stewart were signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Streeter discusses the rarity of the certified copies, like the present one, in his entry 13: "Deeds [were] printed for the use of Austin as commissioner for his coastal colony...The deeds for Austin were probably printed early in 1830 as one of the originals is filled out for March 3, 1830...There are copies of the originals of Austin's deeds for his coastal colony in [the] General Land Office...Only one of the certified copies of these deeds has been located. That is at the University of Texas and was dated October 29, 1830, and certified November 12, 1830..." An amazing combination of signatures: The "Father of Texas" and two Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence" on the same page! Uneven lower edge. Light soiling,. Minor wear at folds. Tiny holes where the horizontal and vertical folds cross. Light show-through. Overall, in fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 14 variant


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