Branch T Archer to Stephen F Austin, 04-22-1832

Summary: Asking Austin's help at Saltillo in obtaining grant to improve navigation of the Brazos and collect tolls.

San Felipe de Austin April 22d 1832

Colonel S. F Austin

Dear Sir, The variety of subjects, on which I desired conversations, previous to your departure for the seat of Government; and the little time allowed us, in the hurry of our interviews, one of the most important subjects, was neglected, or forgotten.

Connected with the settlement of the new colony, (without regard to the character of the settle [r]s, or the nations from which they may be taken,) the most important matter, is the improvement of the River Brasos, (To say nothing, of the advantages, that must accrue to the present settlers on said River,) This improvement, is of vital importance, to the great interests of the country we inhabit; and its accomplishment would give a new character, and a powerful impulse to its growth.

If a grant can be obtained, by myself and company, to make the said improvements for reasonable tolls, the work shall be finished in two years, From the head of tide water to the Waco village for boats, of twelve feet breadth; drawing thirty inches water.

With this reservation to the State, that it may, at any time, after the completion of the work, possess itself of two thirds of the improvements, by paying to the company two thirds of the amount expended in making the same.

You know as well as myself, the importance of the undertaking; and infinitely better, how to obtain the grant, on reasonable terms. I will therefore confide its details to your management.

Have the goodness to let me hear from you on this subject, before the 1st of June; as I shall start for the United States at that time. Should the grant be obtained, I will bring with me the force to commence the work next fall

Connected with this business, six of us have associated, to get a small steam boat, calculated to draw thirty inches of water, with an engine, of thirty five horse power, adapted to sawing timber on board the Boat.

Nothing new in this neighbourhood since you left us.

B. T. Archer

Colo S. F. Austin

[Addressed:] Colonel Stephen F. Austin Mail Leona Vicario