POSTING BOND IN A SUIT, AS RECORDED IN A CLERICAL MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT, SIGNED BY AUSTIN AND BATES IN JUNE, 1813.

St. Genevieve Co., (MO): 1813. Folio. One-page, approximately 175 words, attesting that Austin, Steel, and Bates "are held and firmly bound to H[enry] Dodge, Sheriff of the County of St. Genevieve in the penal sum of three thousand dollars"; docketed on verso with no official markings. Dodge had arrested Austin and Steel and they, along with Elias Bates, posted bond and agreed to appear in court the following month to answer a suit brought by Benjamin Shell and Henry Witener, administrators of the estate of the deceased H. Witener. Moses Austin settled in the Spanish territories west of the Mississippi in what is now Missouri, in the 1790s. Instrumental in the development of the American lead industry in both Virginia and Missouri, Austin built a smelting plant and shot tower in the town of Potosi which he founded in St. Genevieve County; his nephew Elias Bates constructed a sheet lead factory there. The region became part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase and the town was incorporated in 1813, with Austin's fortunes rising and falling over the course of many business ventures. The Panic of 1819 and the failure of the Bank of St. Louis left him considering a move to Spanish Texas, and he obtained a grant to settle Anglo-Americans there, but died before he could put the plan into effect, leaving the job of establishing that colony to his son Stephen A. Austin. Some browning along folds, but very good. Folded. (#7654). Item #59218

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