Stephen F Austin to Emily M Perry, 11-05-1832
Summary: Settlement with Hawkins estate. Cheerful confidence in progress of Texas.
I believe I have nearly got through the troublesome business of settling my affairs with the Hawkins estate and I have in this settlement given up at least one fourth of what I was entitled to, in order to have it finally finished and off my mind.
Mr Perry is going on very well and will soon have some cabbins
up, I have a situation joining him so that after a while we will
be near together, within half a mile, and I hope shall yet enjoy
some peace in each others society—it distracts
me to see you
unhappy—everything has turned out differently from what I expected
when I first wrote to Perry to move, the prospects were then very
good and the country in peace, but if you were satisfied I should
not be at all discouraged at the present state of things—this country
must prosper in the end, it cannot be otherwise-— content is everything.