Archibald Austin to Stephen F Austin, 09-05-1830

Summary: European wars. Mexican affairs.

New York 5 Sept 1830

My Dear Sir

From some cause or other we were Eight weeks without any of the news papers from your Colony, or any inteligence from there; during that interval, some one arrived here from St Louis, who reported that he had seen some person there direct from Texas, who said you was dead, and that it was generally believed in St Louis, this gave me much anxiety, until a few days since, I was agreeably relieved from this state of suspence, by the receipt of six of the Texas Gazettes, by the Editor of the Journal of Commerce by the same mail, up to the 12 July, which he sent me, and a new Orleans paper containing an article from one of your papers as late as the 22 July, by which I observed you were recommended as one to represent your Colony, to the Legislature, you having written to me, that your health was impared by the fatigue you had encountered, caused me to feel very apprehensive that the report might be correct— I considered it a very hard case, that just as you were commencing to reap and enjoy the benefits of your great exertions, that you should be taken off, and your Colony left to revert to its original nugatory state-— Thank God the report proved false, and that you were yet alive, and I hope may live many many years, and be fully compensated for the many deprivations, you have been subject to, in the enjoyment of seeing your Colony marching on with rappid strides, untill it reaches the sumit of your most ardent anticipations—

I wrote to my friend Gildemeister in July last a very particular letter, in which I discribed such good qualities of your Colony, as I was acquainted with, stated the low price of the land, the inducements held out by the Mexican Government to Swiss and German Emigrants, and urged him, to endeavor to prevail on some of the most capable, and inteligent to visit it, and judge for themselves of the qualities, and advantages of the Country,— I recommended them going direct to New Orleans, so as to arrive there in the healthy season, and that on enquiry of your agent Mr. Breedlove, or the Mexican Consul, the proper way would be pointed out to them to reach your Colony— I learnt that he had a Brother in Business in Bremen to whose care I directed my letter, therefore presume there is no doubt but he will get it, and I hope will be able to do the needful—

From that state of quietness, and almost torpor in which the world was slumbering for such a length of time, we are now electrified from day to day with the wonderful commotions, and rappid succession of important events, with which Europe in particular has been convulsed within a year past, such as the Crescent having succumbed to the Russian Eagle, by which the passage to the Black sea is thrown open, a commercial Treaty concluded by this Country with the Sultan, of the Port[e],—the Dey of Algears submitting to the arms of France, and his piratical City, the Blue Beard for so many years of all Europe, stormed and taken possession of in a few hours, and what is most wonderful, and much more important a revolution in France, of four days existence causing a tyrannical King (Chas the X) to abdicate his throne, and run off, it is supposed to join as worthy a King as himself Ferdinand in Spain, the streets of Paris deluged with blood, and the whole Empire in commotion, a regency formed, the Duke of Orleans placed at the head of it, La Fayette at the head of 80,000 National Troops, quietness again restored, joy, and congratulations through out the Metropolis, causing wonder, and even approbation in England., and universal delight in this Country

Spain it is thought will follow next, and speedily, see the article from the Madrid papers, in the paper which I inclose, which paper contains the particulars of the recent revolution in France, which may reach you by the regular mail first, should this packet not have a short passage— The Independence of the late Spanish Colonies in South American, it is thought will soon be acknowledged by Spain— We had accounts from Venezuella yesterday by an arrival from Porto Cavello in 18 days passage, all quiet there, and the Capt tells me that the congress had decided on tolorating all religions, a very important step, what a wonderful advantage it would be to Mexico, if they would do the same, they had also forbidden all foreign Merchants doing business in their own name, except from those countries which had acknowledged their Independence—

The Mexican Minister is at present in this City, he was in our office yesterday, I hope his visit to this Country, will impress him, with favorable ideas in regard to our Government, Institutions, Customs etc, and that he will be able to transmit the good effects of them home— Mr. Treat the Brother of the Gentleman who made you a visit some time ago, is appointed, vice consul in this City, for Mexico, he is a particular friend of Henrys I had the pleasure of passing part of an evening with the one who was with you, (a few evenings since, and had some interesting conversation with him, relative to your Colony, and he promised to call, and pass an evening with me, but left Town, without doing so, he had not positively decided on returning to Texas, but thought it probable he should, and if he goes I think he said it would be in October nextMr. Prentiss called on me the other day to request a loan of your pamphlet, he tells me he is appointed the Agent to sell the Tract of Land, adjoining yours that was granted to Dr. [Woodbury?] whose Brother I wrote you some ume ago, was going to see you, to consult you about it, cannot recollect his name at this moment—

I saw by the Texas Gazette the sloop Nelson advertised for this place and saw her reported as having arrived in the Mississippi, I think, but she does not make her appearance yet, I hope she may come as I hope to hear from you by her, and I suppose Mr John Austin will come in her as I have heard he was also coming this way, if he comes I shall calculate to hear a great many particulars about Texas, I hope they have not suffered by the tremendious Gales, that have caused so many disasters lately-— There was a letter received here a few days ago from Matamoras, stating that Henry was going to your Colony with his Steam Boat— we wait anxiously to know if it is correct, it is a long time since any letters have been received here from him,- it was reported that there was a vessel to leave Matamoras about the 12 July, for this place, by which he may have written, but she has not made her appearance yet— If he had of gone there, in his individual capacity, some time since, you could probably have pointed out to him, a way of doing something to advantage, ere this, while I fear the Del Norte Enterprise, is a going to result unfavorably, poor fellow he has traversed the world, beat the Bush, in every Hemisphere, contended with almost unexampled perseverance, with the freaks of fortune, had a fortune at various times as it were in his grasp, and have frustrated, Blocade, Wars and peace have so intervened as [to] distroy his well founded hopes of success, the all powerful ingine Steam does not appear to enable him to stem the current that has set against him, should he have gone or go to your Colony, I will yet hope, that there is some good fortune in store for him—

I have been pondering in my mind what I could do to benefit my situation, and it has occurred to me that I might establish myself in New Orleans to advantage, if I could through your aid obtain a reasonable proportion of the products of your Colony (such as are suit to that place for sale) would it be consistent with your arrangements, to give me the agency of your Business there, and could you prevail on those colonists, or any part of those who are turning their attention to Sugar and Cotton to consign those articles to me, I presume there is no great quantity produced at present, but it will increase every year and must ultimately become very important these Ideas have suggested themselves to my mind, and should like to hear your opinion on the subject, perhaps I may find some one here who has capital, to join me, or if you can suggest anything better will thank you to point it out I am tired of dredging for a mere salary, but am afraid to give that up until I can find some thing that promises better— Henry should be with you tell him his Family are all well at New Haven

yours very affectionately

A. Austin

8 Septr,

No further news from Europe, people are very impatient for further intelligence to know what kind of a Genl the French people decide on, and whether the country generally acquiese in the measures that may have been adopted in the Capital—and what the other powers on the continent say to it— We have had several roomers that the English Government had assented to the opening the West India ports to our Trade, but they proved premature— The Negotiations on that subject are said to have been broken off, until the ceremony was over in burying the King,—

[Addressed:] Colo Stephen F. Austin, Sn Filepe de Austin Texas