Nathaniel Cox to Stephen F. Austin, 08-08-1824
Summary: Report in New Orleans of rebellion in Austin's colony. Mexican character—unfit for self-government.
A report has been in circulation here for some days, brought I
believe by a Steam Boat from Natchitoches that
all your settlers, have
raised the standard of Rebellion; and refuse obedience to law or any
authority whatever—As the province must now be the only resort
to which Mrs Hawkins can look for support for herself and helpless
family the report of course excites considerable Interest and I hope
it is not true—If you should receive this in any reasonable time after
its date you would greatly oblige me by forwarding such
information as would put the subject beyond doubt, one way or the other—I
am the more anxious on this subject from a paragraph which on
reperusing your last letter strikes, me with much force, since
hearing the foregoing report—you say "I have many things to explain
relative to events recently transpired here but have not time now" I
much fear these events are the rebellion of your settlers, and that
it will be a scene of confusion and disaster, retarding your final
opperations for years to come.
I shall not make any communication on this all import Subject to Mrs Hawkins or Mr Sanders until I am better informed myself, but be assured I shall feel great anxiety until I know more on the subject.
I have no doubt but your late Emperor Iterbide is by this time
relanded at Vera Cruse—he sailed from London in
I intended to send you the letter of Iterbide which he addresses to a friend in London before sailing, but cant lay my hand on it at present—