Stephen F Austin to James F and Emily Perry, 04-19-1833
Summary: Business memoranda and instructions. Desire to found an academy. Debt to Anthony Butler paid. Eleven-league grants.
I have some steers and work oxen on peach creek. They run at or near Isham Phillips. Mr. Mathis wants to buy one of the work oxen. Also near Slaughters on the Bernard there are some, and some at Rabbs place. They are all of the Rabb stock and I believe are branded with my brand. Send and get them or sell them. They will do for beef. There are some cows among them. Your mule is in the prairie below here with Urbain's horses and I have a mule in my brand on the same range. I sold the horses I had at Coles to S. P. Brown. There is a number of head of cattle in the prairie that Hunter collected for me. Fletcher has the list of them $122. worth—all these scattered cattle ought to be got together and taken to peach point or they will be lost. There is 100 head or more. Have them collected and take them below or sell them. I think you could get James Baird to collect them.
I leave my business with Williams and have authorized John
Austin to sell the lots in Brasoria and a labor at the mouth of the
river etc. I have three eleven league grants in the name of Aguirre
and Vega that I bought last year. They are in Williams hands.
Also Juan Antonio Padilla contracted three leagues of his grant to
me in payment of about $2000 that I let him have
John P. Coles is to make me a title for three leagues and a half of his tract fronting on the Brassos. It is first rate bottom land just above the Yeagua.
I have paid off Anthony Butler in full and got James Whitesides
receipt against the two notes of mine that Butler has—the other notes
This trip to mexico interferes very much with me—in two months
more I could have closed all my business and gone to work below
improving a farm and I intended to do so, and have settled myself
along side of you permanently—I shall now spend the whole
Should troops be stationed at the mouth of the river it will make money plenty and a sale for provisions which will benefit the country—tho I hope but few will be sent for I fear they can not harmonise with the people. I shall try and keep them away if I can. The officers are generally very polite and gentlemenly men and if they spoke English there would be no difficulty with them.
I enter upon this mission with great anxiety for I am convinced
the welfare of Texas depends on success. We cannot do without a
State govt, any longer. It is impossible, the events of
then unite with the
hottest to get one by other means. If we are to have war, we must
all go together, there must be no divisions amongst us, but I hope
that calamity will never fall upon Texas. Tell McNiel and Westail
that when I return with the state approved they must give a State
frolic. The girls must not get married untill then. My love to
them and to you all. Farewell.