William Rabb to Stephen F Austin, 11-24-1828

Summary: Has been compelled to abandon temporarily his settlement on the Colorado. Blames some of the settlers for the Indian troubles.

Nov 24 1828

Dear Sir

I have again been compelled to abandon my place above the La Bahia road, much against my will I do assure You, So long as the upper Settlement maintained their ground I did not dispair being able to complete my mills; but after being deserted by my neighbors I deemed it useless, and perhaps unsafe, to remain there any longer;—however, I do not dispair of returning in a short time—nothing within my power shall be wanting to reestablish a Settlement at that place;—For this purpose I shall make such proposals to those who wish to Settle in that part of the colony as cannot fail being accepted by all who wish well to the country half my land at that place will I give, if necessary, to effect this desirable object—could the uper settlers view the importance of maintaining that place in the same light that I do, I am sure they would be less captious and hard to please than I am afraid will be found to be the case—If that settlement is suffered to break up and disperse it will be a misfortune to the colony that many years may not be able to retrieve— The late visits of the Comanchas must be ascribed to the misconduct and imprudence of some of the inhabitants themselves, who for the sake of a little base dishonest self interest would sink the colony in irretrieveable ruin—If some means could be devised to keep the Tonkuays and Lapans from coming among us, it is probable we should not be troubled with the Comanchas unless they wish to commence unprovoked hostilities against us,— Two Indians of the Shawneys tribe came to my place more than a month ago, stayed with me several days and then started up the river to explore the country of the San Sabo—They have not returned at the time they appointed, which was last Wednesday,

Considering the punctuality of Indians in keeping such appointments I think it very probable that they have been killed by the Comanchas, as they are now in the country through which they were to travel— These Shawneys had traveled a great deal through the U. S. were men of considerable intelligence, and must have had a good deal of influence with their nation— They said that if they liked the upper country their people would commence settling 35 or 40 miles above the San Antonio road within three months after their return—they left 58 deer skins, a little ammunition and some other Indian trinkets with me—I have brought them away and will leave them with Mr. Newman

William Rabb

Col. Stephen F Austin