Stephen F. Austin to Unknown, 11-23-1821
Summary: Permit to emigrate and settle in Austin's Colony [November 23, 1821]. Terms and procedure of settlement. Character of colonists.
BY STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, Civil Commandant of the Colony forming on the Colorado and Brassos Rivers, in the Province of Texas:—
permission is hereby granted to__________________________________ to emigrate and settle in the Colony forming by me, under the authority and protection of the government of New Spain, at the points above stated.
Said________________________________________________________ required to comply with the general regulations annexed:
General Regulations relative to the Colony
1. No person will be admitted as a settler, who does not produce satisfactory evidence of having supported the character of a moral, sober, and industrious citizen.
3. Six hundred and forty acres of land will be granted to the
head of each family, and in addition to that, three hundred and
twenty acres to a man's wife, one hundred and sixty acres for each
child, and eighty acres for each slave; which land will be laid off
in two equal tracts, one on the river in an oblong, the other is to
be located so as not to interfere with the river lands; one of said
tracts must be actually inhabited and cultivated by the person and
family who has permission to settle it, within one year from the
5. Each settler is required to report himself to me, or the officer
who has charge of the Colony, immediately on his arrival, and to
furnish a list of the number of his family, giving the name of his
[November 23, 1821.]