Moses Austin to Aaron Elliott, 08-18-1803
Summary: Seeking settlement with S. Austin. Cession of Louisiana, opportunity for young men.
Mine Au Burton
I wrote you about Twelve Month passed and forwarded you a Statement of S Austins business and mine to which I Requested your friendly attention since which I am without Information from any of those I aught to Consider my Friends in the United States. I am truly desirous to have my business settled with S Austin that I may again make a Visit to my Native land If nothing better can be don get from S Austin the terms on which he will settle all the Dis[cords and disput?]es between us and If I ca[n secure a disc?]harge from him f[or the expenditure?] in full of Two or three thou[and dollars?] I shall willing [ly] do so
I [am truly sorry f ?]or S Austins situation which [is due to his
son?] Charles Austin and from [what I learn it is tr?]uly
disagreeable. I w[as in hopes that th?]is New Undertaking with
Phelps and Sandford would prove advantageous in this adventure.
I hope I am not charged with the Cause of its Miscarrage Nothing
would give me greater Satisfaction then to see and hear of S Austins
Welldoing, notwithstanding I am fully Acquainted with all his
Conduct towards me as also that of Charles Austin but I am greatly
Disposed to do away all disputes with S Austin. I have wrote
Mr Phelps again and If anything can be don you will be so good
as to write me immediately. Within a few days past I recd letters
from the States that informed me that France has Ceded the whole
M Austin [Rubric]
NB If you [ever expect to co?]me to this Country [come now?] [s]end me the Dried c[orn?] [I mention ?]ed to you.
[Addressed:] Doctor Aaron Elliott Killingworth Connet.