Stephen F. Austin to Samuel M. Williams, 12-31-1834
Summary: Released on bond December 25. Favorable changes in situation of Texas. Political conditions.
My friend I can at last inform you that I am at liberty. I was discharged
from prison on the
All I can say about political affairs, is that I have been too long out of the world to know much about them, and those who have had better opportunities seem to know as little—en fin, parece que nadie entiende las cosas, las personas, ni aun a si mismo.
Great political difficulties are feared by many, while others seem to rely
peace of exhaustion—the want of means to revolutionise—
Texas, as a matter of course, will remain tranquil—a dead calm as to politics, and activity as to farming and planting, will insure the prosperity of that country.
There are a number of cotton factories building here and at Puebla. They appear to rely very much on Texas for a regular supply of cotton. I think that this market will be tolerably steady for a few years, at fifteen, to twenty cents delivered at Vera Cruz—tho this calculation is below what others make.
All I will say at present as to Texas is that during my stay here I shall
not loose sight of the interests of that country, nor permit past sufferings
to discourage me. At present I see no material good that can result from
Stiring the State question by the people of Texas, and for this reason I
have in my former letters recommended silence, or at least a calm on that
question at home. Enough has been done to attract the attention of the
principal men—to induce investigation. In my case the memorials of the
convention, that of Bexar of
understood. which reason, that at
this time the nation is almost prostrated as to physical force, but has more
pride than ever. In this state of things, the Govt would do much, if it had
the appearance of confering a favor—but nothing that would seem to be
conceded to threats or violence.
I believe that the interference of D Lucas Alaman contributed very materially to my liberation. He visited me frequently in prison, and so did D. Ramos Arispe, Almonte and Victor Blanco. I can have no doubt of the friendly disposition of these gentlemen towards me. The president Santana has uniformly expressed himself friendly to me. I have not yet seen him- but little can be said in favor of his political course in general, So I will say no more about him.
Will write next mail
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