John W Faulkner to Stephen F Austin, 02-23-1830
Summary: Forty citizens wish information of conditions in Texas.
Wigginsville Clarke Co.
You will excuse the liberty I have taken in addressing you a few
lines on the subject of inquiry about your country (Texas) first I
wish you to inform me where bouts is the largest sea port Town on
theither [either] of the Bays and the prospects of its being the
largest and the best back and up country to support it, with the
helth of either place etc also what business is doing and likely to
continu, and at what advance are Dry Goods sold at on the New York
or New Orleans cost the advantages and disadvantages of getting
them to the town etc. also should be glad to recie the laws of your
count[r] y for my own and my frinds [and] neighbors use and if
liked will no doubt leave this for yurs this
Your ideas on this subject knowing that they must be weighty (?) the best that could be produced would be very thankfully recd by abut 40 very respectable citicens who feal great interest in the siteation of that entry the advantages and disadvantages.
If you have a map of the country or can draw one showing the Rivers Towns bays and country designating the Rich Land etc. they also would be very thankfully recvd at this office. Let me know if there is not frequently vessels from New Orleans and Mobile to Boliver or any other towns on the bays that persons going to and from might be accomodated with this facility together with any other information that may present itself to your views will be most thankfully recvd (also let me know if goods are sold on a credit like they generally is in Alabama and greatly oblige yours
is your country at warre with Spain now or not as I see Mexico
is which is thought here will affect Texas as it is under the same
which is the best Town in Texas for Merchandising and what kind of Goods is most suitable for the country, my ides are such as Domestieks and Hard war such as farming articals etc. Shoes Hats and the reda made clothing etc and but few very fine goods.
John W. Faulkner free p. m.