James Grant to Stephen F. Austin, 05-13-1826

Summary: One George Nixon is trying to discredit Austin with certain Mexican authorities.

May 13th 1826

Col Austin

Dear Sir

I wrote you from Camargo by Colnl Milim; that it was impossible for me a while yet to visit your Colony; owing to my business, and now I must say, it will be some time longer; but I hope this will not interfeer with the Tittle to my land; Indead the General, Priest, and Alcalde, in this place all voluntary offered to give me certificates that, I have been constantly a Citizen of the State.—

I am sorry to inform you that I have found in this Town one Enemy to your Colony; and more sorry when that Enemy goes under the name of an American; A George Nixon who is well known to you from the disturbance he tryd to make when on the Rio Brazos; and who has taken particular pains to shew me all the documents, in order to draw me to his side.—

He has now become more dangerous, the "Woolf has put on the sheeps Clothing", he got babtized in this place the other day, and with these people his word will have more weight he has tryd very hard here with the General and Priest to represent your Conduct in a bad light; and more particularly with the Priest, whose Uncle is one of the Secretaries of the department of Mexico (the Priest is my particular friend) and I think a Gentleman, and a man of Education.

Nixon speaks very bad Spanish, worse than I do, and in that respect I have a preponderent ascendency over him, which I have made use of, feeling it my duty, as well as my interest to promote the Prosperity of the Colony, and have thereby warded off the Edge of his malignance here, and set your Conduct in its proper light.—

I have taken the liberty to give you this information, should it be beneficial to you it will give me pleasure.—depend upon all my influence, and exertion, for the protection and welfare of the Colony

James Grant.