Maria Austin to Stephen F. Austin, 04-10-1822

Summary: Families preparing for Texas. News.

Hazel run Aprill the 10—1822

I am happy in meeting with So good an opportunity as now presents by V. Ally—of writing to my dear absent Sons and to tell them how very anxious I am to hear from them I had flatterd myself I should have had that pleasure before this time by the return of some of the Gentlemn that went to texas in the fall and winter Some of whome promissed to call on us, nothing, except the pleasure of Embraceing my dear Sons—could give me So much Satisfaction as that of seeing those who have visited your Colony and conversed with you boath, every incident related by those who had Seen you, would be Interesting to your anxious mother—the rage for emigration still continues and a great number of famalys boath from this State and the Ill[inois] are prepareing for Texas without going to view the country—a number of letters addressed to you from all quarters has been taken out of the office by Mr Brian all of which he has answerd we theirefore think it not necessary to forward them to you I hope the people by this time knows you are not in this Country and will for the future direct their letters to Texas your friends within my knowledge are well, your aunt Austin has another fine Son, theay call him Elick, I toll them theay will have to Send their Sons to the Spanish Country to get land—Moses talks of going Sometimes, but your Uncle is averse to it—G Hammond returnd from Georgey a Short time past, as poor as when he went on in Short he is compleatly broak up and is not worth a dollar and your Uncle has to Support his famaly— he talks of mackeing you a visit—if he Should I hope you will have but little to do with him, he has never manifested any friendship to our famaly and from his treatment to your deceased father he well knows he is not intitled to any favours from you or any of us—I feel Sorry for Eliza and hur little children—I expect to go to Herculaneum in a few days I have some property their which I must do something with I have thought it would be best to Send my pot mettel to new Orleans to the care of Mr Hawkins provided the freight was not two high, you may recollect my Son, what a quantity of bucks horns was taken in, nothing has been don[e] with them, but as Fletcher now occupys the place and theay being in his way, Something must be done with them and I have Concluded to Send them down the river to you or your friend H[awkins]—perhaps may Sell them for Something—I Shall also Send Some plough Shares, your poor father was very particular in geting, the Iron of a pecular good quallity it requirs no Steel, oh how I regret that the great distance that Seperates us, deprives me of the pleasure of hereing from my dear Sons as oft as I wish, I hope my dear Brown will not omit writing to his mother or Sister by every Opportunity and let us know how he is pleased with the country and Climate, we have had a very cold hard winter and even now we are apprehensive of looseing all the fruite by sevear frost—we are all disireous of leaveing this changeable climate and shall rejoice when the time of our departure arrives—I wish my dear Sons to be particular in writing and adviseing us, what to tacke with us. Mr B, expects to have all businiss arranged by October but I shall still flatter myself it will be in my dear Stepn power to visit Missouri before the fall. I expect to receive some money from Jersey this Summer and have made an arrangement with Mr S Perry to get the money for me he and his lady has gown on to Philadela I have wrote him to make use of the three hundred dollars if he wished So to do and allow me 20 persent for the use of the money— if I get this it will be in my power to pay of [f] Some of my son B debts contracted in Kentuckey and wish him to let me know who to pay it too—your little Nephfews are all fine Children in good health and often speak of their Uncles, our little guy is the beauty of the famaly, we expect an Increas about the first of July, your Sister joines me in affectionate love to you boath Sincearely praying that god may guard, protect and prosper you in all your just and laudable exertions—preserve you in health and happyniss and finally bring us together and injoy each others Society in peace, as long as we remain in this world and never ending felicity in the kingdom of heaven is the prayr of your affectionate Mother

Mary Austin

P S—I procurd another register of your Brothers Baptism which I now Inclose together with a letter for B from some of his Kentuckey friends—which I hope may reatch him in Safety—Bryant Sent the lost Certificate by a Mr Witeing, aliso two barrels of flower for your one use—let us know if flower and Whiskey will sell well, it tis Said provisions of all kinds is high and Scarse, but this does not frighten the people from going. I am only fearfull you will not have as much land as the great number of famalys will want, even admitting that one half of the people goes that talks of moveing, and at the Same time reserve as much for your Self and famaly as will pay you for all your trouble. I beg my dear Son will not let his Generousity go So far—as to injure himself, but Secure a Sufficient quantity of land to place his fallen famaly in their former State of Independance, truly my beloved Sons, this grant of land was bought with a price—even the precious life of your dear Father, for I am Sertain it was oing to fatigue and hardship that deprived him of his health and finally ended in death, at the moment when he thought he was about to receive a reward for all his exertions and sevear tryals, but the lords will be done. I have good reason to think your dear Father will receive his reward in heavenMr alley is waiting for this letter he has promesd to deliver it himself, once more adieu my dear Sons, may god forever bless you


[Addressd:] Stephen F. Austin Esqr Austin Provence of Texas Attention Mr. Thos V. Alley