Stephen F Austin to James F Perry, 01-03-1830
Summary: Urging him to move to Texas, and showing advantages of doing so at once.
San Felipe de Austin,
Dr brother and Sister
Altho, I have written three letters to you within the last two
weeks on the subject of your removal to this country, I again repeat
the same advise contained in my other letters, least they may have
miscarried. Dr. Hutchison of the Boons Lick country takes on
this. He will remove, and perhaps Genl T. A. Smith (a brother
of Jack's, tho quite a different man) will also remove in the
now then is the time, if you remove soon you must make a
fortune. The land I have asked for, for you and Emily I have no doubt
will be granted—that is Eleven Leagues but the title will be void
unless you remove. I have asked two years for you to remove in, but
am of opinion that only one year will be granted. I can do
something for you now but after my colonizing business is done, the door
will be closed in comparison to what it is now.
The whole expenses of a League to a settler is about $150, and there is 4, 5, and 6 years to pay a part of that. Many of the settlers are poor and will give one half to any one who clears out and pays the expenses on the whole League.
Slaves cannot be introduced as slaves, but as indented or hired
servants. I shall start in about
you must remove and that immediately.
My constitution is failing rapidly, and I want you here, to see my sisters children all provided for before I die.
Bring all kinds and barrels of fruit seed of the best kind.
In dry weather there is a very good wagon or carriage road from Alexandria to this place. You can take choice of roads either to send everything by water, and bring the family out in a carriage from Alexandria, or embark the family in Orleans and come by water. The road is a very good one and much used and it is settled and safe, the settlements tho are thin. You must bring bedding and furniture. I have nothing of that kind and want some for myself.
Send your articles or goods to James W. Breedlove New Orleans
with instructions to ship them to John Austin Brazoria Texas.
Also send your letters
postpaid by the same channel. Close your
affairs in that country and push on as fast as possible. I have
applied for a grant for Henry Austin who is now running a steam
boat on Rio Grande. If you come by land bring a decent carriage,
you will need it here, and if not, it can be sold. We are beginning
to get up in this country and decent and fine clothes have taken
the place of buckskin.
What are Elias Bates and Honey doing? Also James Austin's children. I would get them land if they would come but I shall not write to them anymore for I wished them all to move years ago, and they [have] not even answered my letters. Bring Adeline. She can get a league of land and a husband afterwards.
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