Stephen F. Austin to J. F. Perry, 02-06-1835
Summary: Publication of his pamphlet has created good feeling. Trouble with Anthony Butler. Plans for the future
I send you by Mr. [Peter W.] Grayson a copy of the exposition I have
published, defending the people of Texas, and myself. I wish you to
preserve it, as I find I shall have no copies left. I think I shall leave in
ten or fifteen days for Monclova. I am waiting for the publication of the
general amnesty law, which it is said will be done
Col Butler has refused to give me up my last note of 1900 and odd dollars which I paid to Whitesides alleging that Whitesides had drawn on me for more than he was authorised to do. Whitesides receipt as Butlers agentis in my desk and I wish you to see him, and let him know that if Butler refuses to give up my note I shall hold Whitesides responsible. He must show his authority from Butler to draw.
If you can get along without selling land I wish you to do so, as it will be a sacrifice to sell now. The league adjoining and below St. Felipe., and the one on the West Bernard (a prairie league) must not be sold for any price as I may dispose of it otherwise. I send you some seeds. I refer you to Mr Grayson for all the news. I hope that a dead calm will reign all over Texas for many years to come—and that there will be no more excitements of any kind whatever.
I look forward with the most heartfelt anxiety to the period when I shall be restored to you all once more, so that I can enjoy your society and that of my friends in a log cabbin, or a camp—far very far from the intrigues and vilinous intanglements of palaces and politics.
My opposition to a territory
I have more friends here now than I ever had, and so has Texas—my exposition has had a good effect—tho I am told that I shall be attacked in the newspapers, or that a reply will be given to it etc. I fear nothing from such an attack.
Mr Grayson has a project to establish a cotton factory by a company
which I am much in favor of and have authorised him to take stock for me.
Texas has cost me trouble and labor enough, and I hope yet to see some
happy days there. I have seen but few as yet. I presume my friend S. M.
Williams is at Monclova, for which reason I do not write to him. I
requested you and him to distroy the letters I sent by Offutt without showing
them to any one, which I hope was done. Calm, a
dead calm, is all that
Texas needs—make good crops, and send them to Vera Cruz, Tampico etc.
Remember me to H. Austin and his family. Tell them to keep up good
spirits—the dark days have passed, if you can only keep good health.
your affectionate brother