Archibald Austin to Stephen F Austin, 06-30-1831
Summary: Sending dimensions for sawing live oak for shipbuilders. Wishes to get land in Texas.
I hope my letter acknowledgeing receipt of yours of
In my letter alluded to above I signified my desire to become a
landholder in your Colony, if it could be done without interfering
with your plans or views, say the usual quantity allowed to a man
To have some of that valuable live oak included in my farm, would be very desirable as that must become very important sooner or later, but I presume that is out of the question, for if I mistake not it is all disposed of in another way. I should like to locate somewhere in your neighborhood.
Henry writes me from New Orleans that he would inform me, when an oppy offered in Texas, by which I might get a living, it would be strange if that oppy does not soon offer, in a Country that was so recently in Embryo, now possessing thousands of Inhabitants, and a rush of population, setting that way unpresidented, of such a variety of character and diversity of occupations, and represented to possess so many superior advantages over any part of North America, that I cannot but flatter myself, that I may benefit by a removal to it.
I should like some occupation when there, by way of variety and relief from the toils of the plough, a reasonable proportion of the time; as not having been in the habit for many years past of wielding any instrument in the way of labour, more weighty than a Goose quill, I fear my hands are too tender to follow the plough and hew timber for a constancy, practice may bring them to a proper consistency.
I saw a letter
As you calculated to be back in
The European powers are striving hard to prevent a general war
on the continent, and it looks at present as if they wood succeed
but it yet remains doubtful. The Poles fight desperately but must
be overpowered and subdued by the Russians unless assisted by some
European power, of which there appears no indication at present.
The Genl who went to Spain from the Mexican Government for the
purpose of forming, or proposing a Treaty between the two
countries had had an interview with the King, and by the last accounts
taken his passage at Bordeaux for Vera Vruz, where it is supposed
he is about this time, with the Kings answer, and terms, on which
he is willing to accede to, to lay before his Govt which are thought to
be so favorable that a Treaty will soon be concluded. I understand
that it is probable one of the Ports of Mexico will be declared a free
port ere long. Please remember me particularly to Mr. and Mrs.
Perry who I presume are with you. I hope to receive a letter from
you soon telling me you returned safe in
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