Stephen F Austin to Samuel M Williams, 01-09-1831
Summary: Political news, instructions about locating land for Mexican officials.
I arrived here
The accounts given to me here by Dn Victor, Tijerina and others,
as to the general aspect of political affairs, amount in substance to
this—-that the present administration have all the effective portion
of the Army and all the Legislatures and Governors of all the States
in their favor, and most of the Talents and wealth of the nation.
They are of opinion that the present Govt, will sustain itself and
that Guerrero must soon be put down entirely. Dn Victor and others
here, think that this administration is not hostile to North American
emigration to Texas, and that the present restrictions will be
removed before this year concludes. They all say that my Colony
stands very high with the Govt, both in Mexico and in Saltillo. The
answer of our Ayto to that of Leona Vicario has given general
satisfaction to all intelligent and reflecting men and has raised our
character more than you have any idea of. The Senate has
approved of Carrillo's credentials as Senator,
unanimously , not one
vote in favor of the Jalapising System proposed by the Saltilleros.
In Rio Grande and in this place (the only towns I have passed through) I have been treated with more attention and respect than I had any reason to expect. The opinion here is that Teran will not go to Mexico, he that he will proceed to Texas in a short time. The enemies to North American emigration are beginning to suspect that he is more friendly to them than they wish etc. etc. I give these ideas as I have recd them. You see that they differ very much from those intertained in Bexar. When I get to headquarters I shall be able to form some certain opinion on these subjects, in the meantime it is best to pursue a prudent and silent course as to all matters of politics.
The town at the crossing of the upper road on the Colorado is yet to name. I wish you would request Arciniega not to name it until he hears from me on the subject.
The mountains round this place are white with snow and ice and
the weather very cold and wet—my health is good. The horses stand
own claims the others are for his friends and
are of secondary consideration in comparison with his, for they want
the land for speculation—he wants it for his family, he has ten
children, and a more promising family I have never seen,
remember me to Mrs. Sweet and Sarah
S F Austin [Rubric]