Founder of the American lead industry and father of Texas pioneer Stephen F. Austin (1761-1821) who was the first man to obtain permission to bring Anglo-American settlers into Spanish Texas. Rare manuscript DS, one page, 8 x 3.5, March 10, 1809. Legal document related to the court hearing of John B. Jones v. Moses Bates, which affirms that "Moses Austin a witness claims his attendance for two days and came 40 miles." Signed at the conclusion by Austin, and countersigned by the Justice of the Peace, James Austin. Cloth-matted with a portrait and biographical caption to an overall size of 26.25 x 25.75. In very good to fine condition, with some staining to the right side. Moses Austin remains exceptionally rare across all signed formats, with this being the first example we have offered in nearly a decade.
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