Governor H. Johnson to Stephen F. Austin, 05-09-1825

Summary: Concerning recovery of 10 African negroes stolen from Alabama while under adjudication of Federal district court.

New Orleans, 9th May, 1825.


Mr Green D. Caller [Collier], who will present this letter, goes to the Province of Texas in pursuit of ten African negroes which were stollen and carried off from the State of Alabama in the year 1821, and which are said to be in the said Province. The said slaws were captured by Lt. Y. Mckeever at Pensacola in the year 1818, and were at the time of the theft under adjudication in the District Court of the United States for the District of Alabama.

It is said they were stollen by Robert Caller out of the possession of his aunt, who is one of the principals to the bond of $100,000 given for the forthcoming of the slaves at Court. The bearer of this letter, who is recommended to me as a man of respectability, is the son of the lady who had the slaves in possession, and feeling a deep interest in restoring them, has volunteered his services for the purpose.

At the instance of a gentleman of this State of high respectability, who is acquainted with the circumstances of the case, I take the liberty to address you upon the subject, and to solicit your friendly aid and authority in securing the slaves so that they may be restored to their rightful owners. Robert Caller is represented as a desperate character, and may attempt, if not prevented by confinement, to rescue the slaves even at the risk of his life. It might perhaps be advisable, if satisfactory proof should be exhibited of his guilt, to send him back for trial to the place where the crime was committed.

H. Johnson, Gov. of the State of Louisiana.

His Excellency, Baron Bastrop, Governor of Texas.