Stephen F. Austin to Colonel Charles Caldwell, 07-17-1823
Summary: Advantages of settling in Austin's colony. Federal system. Good crops. Character of settlers.
I regret very much I was absent when you visited the Province,
but anticipate the pleasure of seeing you here this
farms and raises stock, both, will receive is one league
square or five thousands yards square—the cost will be 12 1/2 cents pr-
You have seen the country, and know whether it will suit you or not you also know whether it would be for your interest, in case you remove, to settle under my grant, or apply for a seperate one from the Government— All I have to say therefore is that if you join me, you may rely on the greatest privileges in my power to grant. In conjunction with the commissioner, I have full power to increase the quantity of land to more than a league for a family, in case it should be necessary to accommodate a large family— You will perceive by the enclosed that the number for Brazos and Colorado settlement is limited, the balance must settle on the Guadalupe and St. Marcos and near this place etc. etc.—so say the Govt-
When I left Mexico no other grants had been made, nor could be
for some time to come, for the Colonization law was repealed in toto
[Autograph letter by Austin. Signature clipped off.]
P. S. The regulations relative to the Govt. of the settlement are provisional untill it is established and organized, the same system will then be established that governs all other parts of the country—. Should you and your friend wish to form a seperate settlement you could easily do so on the Guadalupe under the grant made to me, for no specified limits are designated.
[Addressed:] Col Charles Caldwell