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Austin, Stephen F. (1793-1836) Settling dispute between two settlers in his Texas colony, acknowledges Mexico

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05478 Author/Creator: Austin, Stephen F. (1793-1836) Place Written: San Felipe de Austin, Texas Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1824/12/24 Pagination: 1 p. 31.3 x 19.5 cm

Summary of Content: Signed as judge of the colony. Document in English, binding John P. Coles, William Pettus, James F. Tong, George Teel and Samuel M. Williams to the orphan children of the late William Whitesides for the sum or $2,000 (Mexican). The document also acknowledges Mexican law.

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: LawChildren and FamilyEstateTexasAmerican WestLatin and South America

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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