[From the Williams Papers. Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas.]
New Orleans Augt 22, 1835
H. Meigs Esqr
This will be handed to you by my friend Mr. Samuel M. Williams.
Mr. W. has been with me in Texas since 1823. he was the secretary who
has done most of the business in my colonizing operations, and is well
acquainted with my affairs, and with the situation of things in Texas, as
he has recently left there— He goes to the north on business of his own,
but at the same time will contribute anything in his power for the genl.
good of that country, and will take charge of any communications you
may wish to send to me
I solicit for him your friendly attention, and an introduction to your
brother in law [John Forsyth]. Texas is improving very fast, and there
is every prospect of a great emigration from the Western and Southern
States this fall and winter— I hope my native state "Old Virginia" will
also contribute some of her sons— The N. York land companies will of
course not be idle so that I hope there will be a very great increase of
population this fall and winter.
S. F. Austin [Rubric]
[Addressed:] Mr. H. Meigs introducing Mr. S. M. Williams— H-
Meigs Esqr New York Mr S. M. Williams