Stephen F Austin to James F Perry, 01-16-1834
Summary: Remain quiet and "let me perish if such is to be my fate." Government would grant territorial organization to Texas if the ayuntamientos asked for it, but there should be no more conventions. General instructions for management of Austin's affairs.
I wrote on the
The last year has been one of calamities for Texas, overflow
pestilence and conventions. I hope this year may be more favour-
In a moment of irritation and impatience I wrote an
imprudent letter to the Ayuntam of Texas in
The Genl [Govt is dis]posed to do everything for Texas that can be done and are friendly and wish the country to prosper, They are willing to make it a State or a territory organized like Arkansas and would do so if it was asked for unanimously by the Ayuntamientos—but no more conventions.
I hope there will be no excitement on account of my arrest, it will do me harm and great harm to Texas—keep quiet and let me perish if such is to be my fate. I have suffered myself to be drawn into the whirlpool by the excited men and by the party spirit of the time in Texas. Men whose fortunes I have labored to make have been my worst enemies. They can now rejoice and triumph at my difficulties, but no good man will envy them their joy, nor participate in it.
My advice to Texas is, what it always has been remain quiet- populate the country—improve your farms—and discountenance all kind of revolutionary men or principles. If this advice is followed that country will prosper. So long as you belong to Coahuila, obey the laws and the authorities of that State.
I wish all the people well, even my enemies. I have given no just cause for any one to be my enemy but no man can expect to go through with so great an enterprise as the settling of a wilderness, under the circumstances I did, without exposing himself to the attacks of envy jealousy and malignity.
Collect all the stock you can on claims due me and put them in
your brand on the Chocolate Bayou place—keep yourself clean of
party and of politics and seek happiness within the limits of your
farm and the circle of your family and personal friends. I will
join [you] in that circle as soon as I can, [and never] leave it.
S. F. Austin [Rubric]
[J. F.] Perry
By Mr. Powel