Stephen F Austin to Emily M Perry, 05-26-1829
Summary: Texas is tranquil and progresses. Lack of schools.
your last came to hand in 16 days after its date. I am happy to hear of your health and that of your fine family of children— I wish I was in a situation to take Austin, but I think that he will do better for the present where he is, we have no good schools here, I will accept of the offer you make of him as soon as I think it will be for his advantage to come out here—
I am now at brothers who has settled at this place probably for life or at least for many years—he is quite in the woods as yet, tho comfortable, and has a fine Boy as ever I saw— this place is 20 miles by water from the Mouth of the river and about 10 miles from the coast in a direct line I think it will become a place of business
It is very uncertain when I shall visit Missouri not this year— I cannot advise Mr. Perry to [move] here, neither do I advise him not to move, he cannot form any correct opinion on the subject without visiting the country and spending at least two months to examine it—
My health is none of the best, tho the country has been very healthy this season, and we have the most promising appearances of crops
I have nothing worth filling a letter with and therefore shall wind up with the most sincere wishes for your health and prosperity remember me to Mr Perry and all the children and to Mrs John Perry, she ought to take a trip to the coast of Texas—this is a wonderfull prolific and fertile country and much pleasanter than that frozen region—remember me to my old friend John P—and to Saml. etc