Moses Austin to James Richardson, 08-02-1803

Summary: Suggesting a demonstration by American residents celebrating the taking over of government in Missouri by the French.

Mine a Burton,

Augst 2nd 1803

My Dear Sir

I have for a long time wished to see you, but from a number of causes I have been prevented, I think the contemplated change of our Government Demands the attention of every American and that by a well timed union of opinion and measures the situation of the Americans in the country may be changed I think its likely that the French Government will be ready to take such steps as will be most likely to extend the improvements of this Country I have thought that if the Americans were to form something like a committee to form a congratulatory address to be presented to our New Officers and at the same time stating the many advantages that would accrue from a proper encouragement of commerce and agriculture, it would have a good effect, and I think it would bring the Americans into notice If you think with me and are of the same opinion, you will be so good as to write me. But if not then you will destroy this letter and consider it of no consequence; I depend on your honor in keeping within your Breast what I have mentioned, until such time as it may be properly mentioned, be assured my dear Sir I have nothing in View but to render the Americans in the country as respectable as possible, and to do this I think due attention ought to be given to the Officers of the new Government on their arrival; for in my opinion the first impressions are always the best

I am Dear Sir With Respect


M. Austin

James Richardson Esq.