Stephen F Austin to James F Perry, 03-28-1830
Summary: Urging him to hasten to Texas. Rapid immigration of excellent character.
San Filipe de Austin
My Dear Brother and Sister,
I wrote you many letters during the months of
I have now done all that I can do. You have got the highest
grant that can be given by the laws of this country to any one
which is eleven Leagues as you will see by examining the 12th
article of the national colonization law of
what very few people can get,
and it will be trifling with fortune not to accept it.
You are allowed two years to remove, but I most earnestly advise
you to remove
immediately. I shall expect to eat my character of the emigrants We are getting the best men,
the best kind of settlers, pay no attention to rumors and silly
reports but push on as fast as possible. We have nothing to fear
from this Govt, nor from any other quarter except from the United
States of the North. If that govt, should get hold of us and
introduce its land system etc etc thousands who are now on the move
and who have not yet secured their titles, would be totally ruined,
The greatest misfortune that could befall Texas at this moment
would be a sudden change by which many of the emigrants would
be thrown upon the liberality of the Congress of the United States
of the north— theirs would he a most forlorn hope. I have no idea
of any change unless it be effected by arbitrary force, and I have
too much confidence in the magninimity of my native country
I need not say to you that I am ready to do all that a friend and relation can do consistent with his means and situation, to benefit all my poor relations, or all my rich ones, if any such there be— Where are Horace Austin's children, James Austin's etc, etc. I can advance them nothing in money. I am myself poor as to disposable means and am embarrassed with debts, but I can benifit them in getting land, and the day is not far distant when Texas land will be worth money.
I have raised the name of my family to a respectable standing in this country, and my relations need not be ashamed to own that they are my relations. I hope that my heart is what it always was—too much alive perhaps to sensibility, but never deaf to the calls of justice or of friendship, or of my kindred.
Love to my little nephews I hope soon to see them and I hope to live untill I see them above the reach of poverty. I saw my little boy Stephen a few days ago. he is with his mother at Brazoria, he was near death a month since, but has recovered and is getting hearty. Eliza sends her love to you, and will make your house her home when you get here. I have told her that you would make her welcome. As for me, the whole colony is my home. My business necessarily requires my presence in many parts of it. I have just returned from the woods and in a few days go out again to Galveston Bay to locate and survey your land. When you all get on we will settle down somewhere all together.
Remember me to Judge Carr and tell him I recd the box of fruit seed he had the goodness to send me for which I sincerely thank him. do not fail to bring all kind of fruit seeds and some roots.
S. F. Austin [Rubric]