James Gaines and J. E. B. Austin to Jose Antonio Saucedo, 09-05-1826
Summary: Reporting turbulence at Nacogdoches and accusing Austin of disloyalty to the Government.
Most excellent sir I have this Year omitted writing as I am unable to write Spanish and had every confidence business would eventually close to the general good of the Government Yet I have seen all the Year the machines of disappointed impure services disappointed speculators disappointed Rouges disappointed Office hunters opponents and striving in opposition and each one striving to carry his point but all unanimously opposing the law and authority
They began on the
I received a Letter this morning from Austin's Colony this day and am informed that they are worse there than here and I presume the confusion came first from them or the cause.
Austin has requested the Alcalda of this place to check me as He
said I was in the habit of informing the Government continually the
dangers of a rebellion All I have to say on this subject is Had he
fought for the Freedom of this Country and spent all he had He
would be a man particular in defending it But Your Excellency will
see no Empresario can comply with their obligation to this
Government agreeable to Laws and eventually if the calculations fail all
interest for the Government will fail and the result will be confusion
which I do not consider is at hand I dont say that a rebellion is in
hand Judge yourself what I do say from your own opinion I want
your Excellency to send Troops to enforce the Laws and every where
establish order every where I am ready to aid you at all times I shall
use evry exertion in my power untill the return mail and if times cant
God and Liberty
I remain your Excellencies most obt very Humble Servant
(Signed) James Gaines.
I send you a Copy of a Letter wrote by Mr. James Gaines to this Government stating what you will see in said letter You have that poisinous serpent who underhanded is writing against you all you ought to take care of Him for if He dont injure you it is not for the want of trying you will see by His letter that I drew off word for word.
I wish you to let all the Ayish Bayou know it and see what He and his Brother in Law wishes to do if it was in their power Norris has written to the same effect this is wrote by a Friend who dont sign his name for good reasons but you will know who he is in a short time.
Ponga mi Rubrica no mas
Jas E. B. Austin [Rubric]
P. S. In some places I have corrected the spelling and in others have left it as it is in the original, which is so badly written that it was with much difficulty the meaning could be ascertained.—[Austin]