The small diary Austin smuggled into prison to record his thoughts and experiences during the nearly two years he was confined. The diary contains an inscription dated December 25, 1871, by Moses Austin Bryan, Austin's nephew, stating that he traced in ink over Austin's original pencil writings "which were made by him in this book whilst he was a prisoner in the cell no. 15 ... I have heard my Uncle Austin speak of this book that he managed to secret with a pencil when his person was examined."
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836
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