Stephen F Austin to Samuel M Williams, 04-12-1832
Summary: Anthony Butler going to Texas. Austin's debt to Mm. Moderation, patience, and fidelity to Mexico the proper course for Texas. Tariff.
[From Williams Papers, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Tex.]
I have nothing particular to add to my letter of the
I wish you would make out the items of my account with Butler and calculate the interest, one of my notes to him is paid—take that up and arrange what has been paid on the others as you and him may think right.
[John T.] Mason I presume will go to the Colony and in that
event I shall return home in
The consulta relative to the families who came in
Remember my reserve on the Colorado above the road, and above
Tannihill I do not wish that interfered with by any means. The
Keep peace and quietness in the colony at all hazards. The
settlers ought to have full confidence in me. I say that they must bear
great deal from military oppresion and still remain quiet and
patient. I refer you and the Ayto particularly to my letter of the
As regards the captains of vessells who behave imprudently, as
the captain of the Boston packet did, I hope the colonists will
unanimously set their faces against them and against such conduct. I
expect that some schooners will have to be sunk, before they will
come to their senses, but that is
their affair— if they are in the
wrong I will not protect or countenance them and I hope none of
the colonists will— if they are wrongfully sunk, or ill treated let
them appeal to their own govt for redress and not to the colonists
who have nothing to do with the matter.
Prudence and a
dead calm in the Colony will insure a favorable
answer to the memorial—imprudence and rashness, even if just
cause is given, will totally defeat everything and ruin all.
My standing motto—
" Fidelity to Mexico "—ought to be in every
man's mouth and repeated, instead of many other things that are
said, over cups and in moments of heat— it is a good toast and
ought to be used as a standing toast in the grog shops— try and
have it so.
Remember me kindly to all
S. F. Austin [Rubric]