Stephen F Austin to Samuel M Williams, 05-23-1832
Summary: Instructing him to locate certain grants including the present city of Austin.
I wrote you
vuelta by Tampico through heat and war. you will find him
a very usefull man, much more so than any I have ever seen in
Texas for an office where Spanish and english is needed. You
must make good use of the time between this and
I sent you from Saltillo by mail, all the necessary papers to
finish the titles for the lands granted to the Aguirres and Vega
entire to advantage, have this done without
delay so that I may know when I get there whether to take it or
not. I wish the location on Onion Creek west side of Colorado,
and on the east side at the foot of the mountains, also the cedar
league N° 4 above Bastrop—. Enfin this land will cost me very dear
and unless it is well located I shall loose on it.
You will see by the new colonization law that all sales heretofore made must be located within 18 months—this will cause a great push, and unless some care is taken all the land in our colony will be occupied by them—keep this in view—also remember that I have very advantageous offers to settle that colony which I shall decide upon after seeing the General.
Above all things keep peace and harmony in the Colony. We
all sorts of reports here about Texas, and it is said that three
soldiers were killed at Anahuac by the crew of a vessell. I hope this
is not so—do keep peace in that quarter—urge this on the Ayto and
on every one
Remember me to Sarah and all others.