Green DeWitt to Stephen F. Austin, 04-13-1827
Summary: Movements of Karankawa Indians.
Station at Labaca
We have lately had 2 visits to our station of the Coronkawases;
the first part had six, and the [second] twelve in number, they
professed great friendship to us and actually had it in their power
to have killed several of our people, as they came up to the station;
for they found one man and 2 boys 10 miles below here at work,
and actually were in their camp in a manner—before they were
discovered; a few miles above that they came to another labor in like
manner where there were a man and a woman; and hurt no one but
I am of opinion that they are only waiting a good opportunity to
make a break on our settlement, therefore we are constantly upon
our Guard; and so soon as we get our corn planted we will try to be
ready for them, and are determined that they must not come amongst
us—for since we have heard of the late murders in your colony it
is more than Americans can hear to suffer them to come under the
coulor of friendship when their hands are yet reeking with the blood
of Inosent women and children; and as we expect a campaign against
them from your quarter, I have thought it most advisable to keep
peace with them if possible untill that time; and being advised of
Mr. Kerr is at la Bahia, but looked for every hour. I had news from Gonzales yesterday 2 Blockhouses are well built and now under the Command of Mr. Byrd Lockhart; all are in peace at that place; and no Indian sign near that is known of.
Mr Monchola has not sent the ballance of my guns to me and the individuals who own them, altho he has been ordered to do so and it is greatly to the hurt of the owners as they want them to hunt their meat as well as to guard themselves with.
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