Joseph H. Hawkins to Maria Austin, 03-29-1823
Summary: Austin's success. His own advances exceed $7,000.
I have my dear Madame long delayed answering your last letter, partly from other considerations, but more especially from uncertainty as to the ultimate fate of our application for a confirmation of the Texas grant.
It is with infinite satisfaction I now inform you of your sons complete success not to the full extent we asked, but sufficiently so to secure I hope at least advances, and some indemnity for his labours and privations - Something that will enable him to offer that succor and comfort to a mother which will delight a virtuous bosom to render -
It may require time and much more labour to effect our object, but I now feel confident of success, and the talents fortitude and perseverance of your son, gives a sure guaranty for all that honorable effort can do.
My original contract with his father was to take half the grant and the I the benefits arising for the enterprise and advance the money necessary to the object, not to exceed however $2,500 or $3000 - My advances and disbursements, now exceed $7,000 - It is time therefore for us to have some return -
I expect Mr Austin here by the