Archibald Austin to Stephen F Austin, 07-14-1830

Summary: Efforts to get German and Swiss colonists for Texas.

New York 14 July 1830

Mr Dear Sir

I send herewith a few news papers, in which you will find some interesting debates in the House of Commons, on the Mexican Trade, you will also see the great anxiety evinced in that country to put a stop to the contemplated Spanish Expedition, against Mexico, the manifest jealousy that exists there towards this Country, relative to Mexico, and S° America generally, they do not even spare Texas,— I presume they acquired their wild ideas about the Colonists of that province, from the recent Mexican publications- Such Swiss and Germans as would be an acquisition to your Colony, are not so easily prevailed on to go to Texas as I imagined, I find that those who have means, and are most deserving, leave their Country, in consequence of inducements held out to them by their friends, who have already located in Ohio, to come there, and that they come with their minds made up, and prepared, and proceed immediately on their arrival to that State—those that are not worthy of consideration, linger about, until chance provides imployment for them— I should like to know how the Thermometer ranges in your climate, they are afraid the heat is too intense for them,— I should like to send a small vessel, with a good selection of them, perhaps I may yet succeed, wish I knew what to ship at the same time, that would pay a freight— I will write a German friend of mine Mr Gildermister a very clever worthy fellow, who having ac quired a handsome property in Havana has gone to Germany with the intention of visiting Switserland, Russia, etc., and give him such information as I have, and request him, to communicate the same to some Germans and swiss subjects, and see what effect it may have, I regret I did not receive your letter before he left this, he is an old, and very particular friend of mine, and I think will take pleasure in attending to my request, the greatest difficulty will be for my letter to reach him, he will be so much on the move, he thought he should return again to this country, prefering it as I believe to all others— The more I think about your place, the more I want to make you a visit, but I do not know how to manage it, particularly at present—

I hope your health has improved [since] you last wrote— let me here from you when you can spare time to write—

Arch Austin [Rubric]

If G—can only prevail on two or three Families to make the experiment, and they should be please [d] there will be no difficulty in having as many to follow as you may wish-

Colo Stephen F. Austin Texas