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    [Stephen F. Austin]. Land Title. Two partially printed pages with integral blank, 8.5 x 12.25", in Spanish, San Felipe de Austin, April 3, 1831. Docketed on the blank, this title is for "...One quarter league of land for Elisha Flack East of the Colorado..." and reads, in part: "...Estevan F. Austin, Empresario para establecer Tres Cientas Familias sobre las diez leguas litorales en la Costa del Seno Mexicano, entre los Rios la Baca y San Jacinto; y comisionado especial del Supremo Gobierno del Estado de Coahuila y Tejas para el repartimiento y posesion de tierras, y expedicion de titulos a los nuevos Colonos dentro de los limites de la propria empresa..." Signed "Williams" at the upper right of first page, the document is filled out in his hand. Signed by land commissioner Miguel Arciniega with attending signatures of Robert Taylor, Jr. and C.C. Givens. Blank leaf separated at spine. Light toning along folds which show some spots of separation in the form of very small holes; some chipping of the edges.

    Reference: Streeter 14. First printing. This document is an original land grant in Austin's coastal colony, signed by Austin as both empresario and commissioner. See Streeter 13 for an earlier version of this form used when Padilla was commissioner. 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.... In all of the deeds one of the stipulations reads (in translation): He [the grantee] is hereby admonished that within one year he must construct permanent markers on each corner of the land, and he must settle it and cultivate it in conformity with the provisions of the law."


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