Thomas J Chambers to Stephen F Austin, 05-12-1830
Summary: Great alarm in East Texas over rumors that State and Federal Governments plan injury to American settlers. Imprisonment of Padilla, the land commissioner, strengthens suspicions.
Dear Sir, I have been sometime hunting for you, and not
having been able to fall in with you, I have determined to await you
a few days in this place. Business of importance to the public
brings me to see you. The Commissioner is imprisoned
suspended by the Political Chief on a charge of murder. The most
violent and fatal meaures are takeing both by the States and
general governments in relation to the colonies of this department, so
far as relates to the Americans. Some of these measures are open
and public, but others consist in Secret orders directed to various
persons in the department. The information I possess on this
subject, I will communicate to you when I see you.
The ebullition of public feeling in our quarter is fearfull. I think the public wellfare requires your immediate atention. I hope to see you in a few days.
T. J. Chambers [Rubric]
Sn. Felipe de Austin