Henry Austin to Stephen F Austin, 03-20-1831
Summary: Cotton mills for Texas. Land. Plans for improvement of the country.
My dear Sir I have written you a long letter by this conveyance on the subject of Mr Wares propositions. I have since had further conversation with him and find he wishes to come to some conclusion on the subject before his departure for Philada if practicable.
In the absence of any advices from you I am some what at loss what to decide upon. Genl Terans officio to the Consul requesting him to facilitate by passports emigrants to your colony and also to Dewits and McMullens looks more favorable as does the advice from Brasoria that the collector sent by Bradburn had orders to respect indentures of servants. We are satisfied that Buy has no exclusive right and that the enterprise might be safely undertaken. Mr Ware is willing to embark in the matter immediately and take his chance for a grant of land, if I will take the direction of the business; This I would do if my solicitation were granted but were I to engage myself as director of this concern, and get no land for myself nor for the manufacturing concern it would be a bad move. I must therefore continue here in suspense until the eve of his departure in the hope that in the mean time something definitive on the subject of my solicitation may reach me.
I see that your contract for 500 families expires on the
1st It would be desirable to secure a good Mill seat in a good
position. This we could not expect to do in vacant land and must
purchase. It is said Houghs on the Bernard or peach creek is the
best in the Colony and that he offered to sell his league and an
half for 2000$ but the question arises, can he alienate with legal
title, for not having cultivated in totality? It will not do to expend
40,000$ on land that may be taken away from us:— The same
difficulty might arise were we to use steam power on a purchased tract.
Can this difficulty be obviated without legislative provision? 2° We
cannot now give you the name in which to locate the grant for the
encouragement of a cotton manufactory and may not be able to do
it before the
My first intention was, in case my solicitation were granted to go
to England with a small Brig to get my equipment and a stock
of goods for the colony at first cost to make arrangements for a
direct trade between the colony and England, procure English
Artizans to erect my buildings and laborers under indentures for two
or three years, and run out direct to Port Austin west end of
I have this moment recd a letter from our cousin Charles Austin
now Mayor of Tallahasse, Florida. He says Mr Morgan who has
just returned from Texas, has set the people
Texas mad and many
say they shall go there this Texas.