Stephen F Austin to Samuel M Williams, 05-31-1833
Summary: Warning against speculation. Robertson colony.
[From Williams Papers, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Tex.]
The draft on Hebenstreit from Reynolds was neither accepted nor protested. Hebenstreit was absent and I left the draft with Mr Toler, with directions to collect it, or if it was protested to send it to you.
Don't forget the
strange order, that Arcia. [Arciniega] recd, about
the records—keep an [eye] to all that.
You are engaging in one business [before the?] other is finished
and may spoil [everything?] rush the records of the office . . .
the testimonios and surveys etc then give it up in toto and go to the
merchants occupation, but finish first and keep clear of land jobing.
I am of opinion that the upper colony will totally ruin me? in fact
I have but little doubt of it, for such men and [as] Bowie etc will
lead you and John too far into speculations B F. Smiths cursed
foolish trip has done great harm and I am sorry he ever came to
Texas—keep clear of all speculations for the future, they are a
curse to any country and will be a very sore curse to me individually.
I believe they will ruin me if they have not already done it—cursed
be the hour I ever thought of applying for that upper colony.
If the wind permits I shall sail
N. B. I have unlimited con[fidence in] Felisola—he is a good and . . . man and can be fully re[lied on].