Stephen F. Austin to Unknown, 07-01-1821
Summary: Privileges granted to Moses
Natchitoches, July 1, 1821.
Dear Sir—I am now this far on my journey to the Province of Texas, to take possession of the lands granted to my Father, Col. Moses Austin, (formerly of Mine a Burton, Missouri) by the Spanish government.
The land lies on the Colorado and Brassos rivers, and includes a
situation on the Bay of St. Bernard, suitable for a sea-port, at which
place a port of entry is ordered to be established. This concession
to my father is granted by Don Joaquin de Arredondo the governor
of the Internal Provinces, and is duly confirmed by the Supreme
Council of those Provinces dated
The Constitution of Spain is in full operation at those provinces and recent accounts state that the beneficial effects of it are already perceptible.
The gold and silver mines are getting into more extensive operation than they have for many years. Money is becoming more abundant, a free trade is permitted, and the restrictive system heretofore pursued in regard to foreigners has been superseded by the most liberal encouragement.
Don Joseph Erasmo Seguin, a Spanish gentleman from San
Antonio was despatched by governor Martinez for the express
purpose of informing my father of the confirmation of his grant by the
governor general, and to invite back all the fugitive Spaniards who
fled in the revolution of
Should you yet meet with any Farmers of good character or mechanics, who wish to emigrate to this fine country and participate in the advantages secured to my father by this grant, you will oblige me by informing them that they can procure every information on this subject by writing to my father, Herculaneum, Missouri; but they must be well recommended.