Green DeWitt to Stephen F. Austin, 09-03-1826
Summary: Indians. Transportation. Colony affairs.
Station On Rio Labaca
This will inform you I have stationed myself for the present on this creek a bout 6 miles above the head of tide water, where I intend settling some 10 or 12 families in the form of a station in order that we may be more secure from the Indians untill we can collect strength enough to venture out on our lands.
I should have written you before this time, but have been so undetermined in the place where I would actually settle for the present; and so much occupied in moving out from the bay that I had not time to write you, which neglect I hope you will pardon.
I have contracted for the runing of the Schooner Despatch, W. J.
Russell, master, for the term of 4 years—she has made her first trip;
and is a new vessel only 18 months old; burthen 50 Tons and well
Edged, I have also contracted for the building of a flat boat 30 by 12
feet, which is already begun; for which is for the purpose of unload-
If you should write shortly to Baron De Bastrop I would wish to be particularly remembered to him; inform him what I am doing etc etc and that I will shortly write hiin lengthly,
When on my way to this country I called at landing of Mr Elias Bates in order to ask for letters for you and your brother; but was informed by Mr John Geizer that none of the family were at home and that Mrs Bates and Mrs Honey were both dead.
I intend visiting you so soon as I can leave this place with safety, when I shall have many things to say and much advice to ask of you, as Empresarios have much trouble to en counter, but I the most of all; your assistance to Mr Kerr has been deeply felt by him and equally so by me. My compliments to Mr Williams
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