Burril J. Thompson to Stephen F. Austin, 02-17-1827

Summary: Conditions at Nacogdoches which caused the uprising there. Desires to make his peace and return.

Parrish of Natchitoches 17 Feby 1827

Dr. Sir

It is with Regret I see so much confushion and Trouble in the Spanish Provences But It can only a lone be attributed to The Imperfect manner of the organization of the government—The Districk of Nacogdoches had Been Left Intirely to the management of a few Ignorant Designing men without Principle and with out laws, men who wished to show their Power and acted with more Tyranny Then Ever was, Excersised under the king of spain. Love of change and an Idia that Land could be obtained for a mear Trifle, and others for crimes Done Caused a considerable Imigration To that country Expecting or thinking It a Republick similar to the one they had left and finding no Laws nor Regulation orthised by the government, and all Those that Pretended to act from orthority, without Principle or Justice no wonder, that americans Eight from the Land of Liberty, should wish a change Letters and addresses to the government was never attended to, the mail Robed and no communication through that Depart could be Depended on, with a thousand other causes, has led the Independent americans to Deeds of violence That they would heave abhord, Provided the government could heave been properly organised so that they could heave In joyed Peace and asshir anees for their Property—I Sir Removed to that country from choice, and heave as much wright to complaine as almost any other Person—I sir fell under the Displeasure of the Petty Tayrant for Raising a company of volunteers by his own Request to go to the assistance of your Colony, I was Denyed the Priviledge of Taking oath of Eligence to the government, and when I Purchesed land denyed the Right to hold land and could not heave a Deed acnoledged, without any cause shewn I considered Those Ingerys unorthised by the government and, was one of the Leading causes of Puting the Rascal Down and appointing an other in his Place that I thought would Do Justice—But as to Raising the Flag I was opposed to It, and Done Every thing I could to git It Down— I Refare you to my friend Capn Joseph Dust for Infermation as he alone in that Town knew my Polocy and we acted togather—

as Respects the Prisnors they never Took an active Part against The government they were in opposition to Norris & Co— W. Wilson in Particular is my friend (and a more manly Independant man is not in that Provence) and he I assure you never approbated the Raising the Flag nor would Ever Serve under It, and I hope my friend you will Do Every thing you can for him as well as all the Rest for should the Prisners be Put To Death there will be Troubles In the country that you can heave but little Idea off

when the coms ware sent to make Peace The People on the Aish Bayou, would gladly heave Imbraced the oppertunity with out, the Trouble and Dappredations that has Been committed there by men I fear without Principles or Honesty and whose Friendship or honor can not be Relyed on I Proposed sending on a man to the government to Represent our situation, which would heave Ben done, If the times had not heave changed as soon as they Did.

I left the country because I say that Peace could not be Established, untill the Troops would arrive and heave Rented Land for this crop, with the Intention of Returning to the country as soon as Times would Become Better—But hearing I am threatened as one of the Promoters of the Rebellion, I shall not Return, untill times can be Better Regulated,

I should be glad to see you and Think if I could or was orthised That I could Bring the Party That is on this side to a compromise, Provided They could be Pardoned for their offence, and I think all But the Edwards would be glad to Return to that country Provided they could Do It in Peace—I am settled 20 miles from thesabine But would meet you There at any Time [desired] and I Do not Hesi- tate in saying that [I can] Bring all the Party, (and There is near 30 men) to Terms of Peace Provided It is by your Request and that of the officers of the army I should be glad you and your Brother could come and spend a few Days with us. I could give you Every Information on the subject and I Do assure will Do Every thing in my Power to Establish Peace

Be assured I new you ay an old and particuler friend I wish you helth and Hapiness

B. J. Thompson

Col S F Austin

[Addressed:] Col Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches Texes