J E B Austin to Stephen F Austin, 03-18-1829
Summary: Coasting trade. Popular discontent with local government. Popularity of Austin.
The Eclipse sailed
The Little Zoe arrived to-day from N. Orleans Dr Gibson came out with the intention of becoming a permanent Settler in the Colony John thinks Mr Williams is mistaken in regard to the Seal necessary for a clearance, the Patente or register—may perhaps require a $6. Seal but the registro or clearance is obliged to be on one—however as he tells me the Consul at Matamoros, informed him that Seldom two clearances were given alike—I anticipate no difficulty on that head—
I came by the Fort Settlement and used my influence to push the Academy forward but I am sorry to say I did not find one advocate for it—Not because they were opposed to [it] altogether but owing to the hands the funds for that purpose will be deposited in. I find the Members of the Ayuntamiento unpopular throughout the Colony. They all appear willing to subscribe for a Jail and Academy provided a committee of responsible men be appointed to receive the subscriptions, but as the Ayuntamiento is a changeable body they are opposed to their having anything to do with it. Again, I find something must be done as regards the admission of Lawyers in the Alcaldy Court the people to a man are opposed to them, they evince no disposition to be violent, or resort to violent measures but they are determined to have them dismissed from the practice, and the measure that they are about adopting is to mildly petition the Alcalde, to dismiss them altogether from the practice of law—
the people think that justice is often very lamely administered by
the Alcalde owing to the perplexity he incurs by hearing lengthy
and contending arguments, that frequently have no bearing to the
case in discussion—Also another grievance they complain of is this—
frequently a suit for a small amt is brought before the Alcalde where
one or both of the parties reside in another district, the sheriff is
sent with a process—and costs are accumulated to an amt that
thribble the principal, the question is asked what are the Commissaryos
John informs me that Mr Smith the consul at Matamoros, intimated to him that he wished to appoint a Vice Consul for this- Colony and he stated to Mr Smith that perhaps I would accept the appointment—and took the liberty of proposing me to him—I should be willing to accept the appointment, and You will please write to him on the Subject by the first opportunity lest some one else may procure it—as I am informed one or two applications have been already made to him on the subject.
J B Austin [Rubric]