William N. Henderson to Stephen F. Austin, 11-01-1821
Summary: Wishes to settle in his colony. Many emigrants from the Opelousas (Louisiana) country will join him.
From a New-Orleans Paper I have perused with much satisfaction an extract of a Letter from you to a Gentleman in that City and am highly gratified to find that you intend to carry into execution the noble enterprise contemplated by your honoured Father.
I would like very much to settle on your Grant for which reason
I will state to you the following particulars I have been used to
the Seafaring business for which reason I would prefer settling as
near Mata Gorda as I could get Farming Land after the Port
became settled I could act either as a pilot, Master of a Coaster (as I
would not wish to leave my [family long] at a time) Surveyor or
Farmer (the last [preferably] on the whole) I understand Survey-
I would be glad to know at what time you will be at Natchitoches There some of my Neighbors and me will meet you and if you will grant us land we will proceed on and make corn. My Family is small consisting of a wife and two children.
I am doing Public business at present and have an opportunity of making your communication Public and if you wish for more settlers you will get a great many from this Country provided they like your conditions
On receipt of this I would be glad if you would answer me
Immediately as we wish to arrange our business in such a manner as to raise