James E. B. Austin to Stephen F. Austin, 05-15-1824
Summary: American settlers in east Texas resent the order to move to interior and blame Austin for it. Character of settlers in east Texas contrasted with those of the colony. Rumors that Austin's colonists will not get titles to their land.
I wrote you from Mr Clarks a few lines but the Musquitos were so
bad I could say but little. I find this section of the country are very
Mr MeNiel states that some one must have made a misrepresentation to you respecting his disposition towards you—he intends writing you by a Gentleman who starts on in a few days—B. Baily when in this Settlement behaved himself in a most shameful Manner— and when he started Mr McN. missed some of his horses—it is supposed he (B) took them and sold them for cattle—a man by the name of Lynch—Baker—Lane—horse thieves—is said to have gone with him.— I find that Baily being permitted to remain in the country— and Bunch having murdered a man on the Brazos and permitted to escape—and many other things—combined—discourage people from moving into the country—and they stop here—I have nothing more to say—to you—the Sabine has been higher than ever was known Capt. G—states here that it is extremely doubtful whether the Settlers on the Brazos will obtain rights for their lands