Thomas Ruston to Moses Austin, 06-01-1794

Summary: Land speculations in Virginia.

Philada, June 1st 1794.


I have requested Mr Thos Norwell of Richmond to take out warrants for the 10,000 acres of land, which you mention, as vacant, in the neighbourhood of the mines, and to forward them to you. As your Brother does not seem inclined, and as you have signified that it is not altogether convenient to you, to be concerned in them, I have requested him to take them out for me, and on my account, and to draw upon me for the amount I have to request you, that you will pay as early attention as possible to having them laid, and to the best advantage, and to have them returned into the Office, and whatever expence may attend it, I shall be ready to pay it. if there should be any more remaining vacant, I shall be obliged to you if you will inform me of it, and also of any land that there may be, to be disposed of in the neighbourhood of the mines, with the particulars, such as the situation, quality, and price, respecting it. I have only to add, That I have recd the Article of agreement betwixt you, yr brother, and me, and the deed for the Lead Mine tract, but those two, respecting the property at Lynchburgh, and Richmond, have not yet reacht me, which I must request you to attend to, and to send forward, which will oblige

Yr humble Servt

Thos Ruston

[Addressed:] Mr. Moses Austin at the Lead Mines Wythe County Virginia-