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MOSES AUSTIN
A Moses Austin Handwritten Document Mentioning One Of His Slaves
MOSES AUSTIN (1761-1821). Austin lived in Missouri until 1820, when he left for Texas. He received a grant to bring 300 colonists to Texas and returned to Missouri for this enterprise. He died while in Missouri but requested his son Stephen carry out his plans for Texas. ANS. 1pg. 7 ¾" x 3 ¾". August 15, 1812. No place [Missouri]. An autograph note signed "Moses Austin" to Mr. Buyler: "I will thank you to send by my Negro Boy as much meal as he can bring also be so good as to send me 50 pounds of flower in one end of one of the bags...". In 2015, Heritage Auctions sold for $4,000 an 1827 document by Elias Bates, the nephew of Moses Austin, liberating one of his former slaves several years after Austin died. The auction house erroneously stated that "This may be the only extant document associating Austin with the ownership of one of his slaves." Obviously, this statement is not true because of the existence of this Austin document. The document is tanned and light in spots and somewhat brittle.
Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. [United States]
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