James Kerr to Stephen F. Austin, 11-12-1826

Summary: Trouble with De Leon.

12th Nov. [1826]

I am S[t]ill on the mend, and have the oppertunity of sendeing by Mr. John Brown who has Just came from the Interior—he seen the Colp near Labahia etc

Madam Trudeau, Mr. William Smith, and Mr. Wightman set off yesterday for St. Antonio and intended going by the way of GonzalesMrs. T— will give evidence to the Chief relative to the Threats of Delion, and they all three will urge the Chief to order all the parties and papers before him: This is what we all wish for, and should Our friend Williams get there I fear no danger, but if he does not get on and the prisners are detained in Labahia etc. an Alcaldes Court opened there for there trial the worst of consequences are to be feared.

I am Conscious you need not be informed the nature of the Courts they have at Delions Town and Labahia

There is a kind of french Doctor who came pasinger on the escambia and who it seems assumes the province of a Mexican officer, and who has exercised greate pomp, dictatorial ship here—he sets up a Claim against powell the owner of the Cargo, for $9,000 and alledges Robery against the Capt. of the vessel etc

the commendant has said that this said Doctor is no Officer,—

It has been through this Doctor that all this trouble has come on us this how[ev]er is my Opinion, and I am farther of the Opinion that the Sd. D. is and has been acting under a bribe etc by some of our neighbours.

Burnett is on the way and will be at the Guadaloupe to night, he was well this morning at the Crossing of the La Baca.

My Dear Colo If there has been any threats Made by any of the Settlers here I am yet Ignorant of them. I can not believe now that any other than, if wantonly, and Out rageously attacked by the Indians or by Delion, as he threatened they would defend themselves etc But no threat that has Came to my knowledge ever was made against the Govt

I am now fateagued and must close etc

James Kerr

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