John P Austin to Stephen F Austin, 11-08-1835

Summary: General interest throughout the United States and disposition to aid Texas. Meeting in New York. Land interest

New York November 8. 1835

My dear Cousin,

I embrace the first opportunity, of Mr. Williams, to Congratulate you, as I most sincerely do, on your Safe return to your Colony. Which Welcome news reached me a Short time Since through brother Henry and of the flattering reception you met with from all parties, and although but a just tribute for your long suffering and exertions in their behalf. It must have proved to you highly gratifying to find them so united on your appearing again among them. You may be assured it was most fortunate your getting away from Mexico when you did for I have little doubt and is the opinion of Mr. Dale that had you been delay'd until the receipt of the news from Texas (shortly after your departure) You would not have been permitted to leave, therefore not only fortunate for yourself but equally so for the welfare of Texas your being at home at the present important Crisis, requiring of all others your presence to unite the people and direct their Councils, the late movements there and of Santa Anna to bring the Texians under his immediate subjection excite a general and increased interest throughout the U. States in your favor with a disposition to render you prompt and efficient aid—a proof of which you have in the Spirited Meetings at new Orleans and Mobile. A Meeting has also been held at Boston and quite an enthusiastic One here an Evening or two Since got up at very Short notice. Appointed a Committee of twenty of Our Most respectable Citizens and adjourned to meet on thursday Evening of this week when I have no doubt it will be fully attended with an unanimous response in favor of Texas— the landing of Genl. Cos with his 400 Men was the latest news up to yesterday we got the cheering and glorious news, if it be but true of the Mexicans being- repulsed at Gonzales and of the Texians taking quiet possession of St Antonio, under Genl. Houston, the Mexicans retiring without Making any opposition Both accounts however want Confirmation, not that it is thought there would be any difficulty in such a result but the want of time which would not allow it to take place at so early a date— All the Texians now here, and there are a number anxious to join their companions in ArmsWilliams, White, Sayre, Morgan, Yates, Allen etc etc, agree that united you have nothing to fear for the result of your present difficulties, but [will be] able to cope with any force Santa Anna Can send against you and that there is little doubt in Case of need you will receive timely aid from your neighbours—The excitement here is however great and late news sought after with the greatest avidity— Some 8 or 10 Vessels have cleared from here within a short time, Coastwise and direct—destination Texas—to touch in at the mouth of the Mississippi river for information and to proceed thence together that their united Strength may protect them in Case of need, being mostly Armed— was it practicable nothing Could give me more pleasure than to join you at the present interesting moment and regret Circumstances put it out of my power. You have however my most Sincere prayers for your welfare and the success of your Cause, as you will ever have any services that may be in my power to render you. I would here beg leave to tender you my best thanks for your very kind and friendly letter of 23d. June from Mexico—the more Gratifying to my feelings as it confirmed my previous expressed opinion with regard to Mr. Meigs withholding from me the perusal of your letters, or at least proving that it was not for the want of Confidence on your part, which I could not Credit at this time Although Mr. Meigs' manner went far to justify Such a Conclusion. I wish I was deserving of half the Compliment you are pleased to bestow upon me, but be that as it may I trust you will never find me ungrateful or the betrayer of Confidence. You Say if I will state wherein I am interested in Texas lands, you will give me your opinion with regard to them. I wish I was so interested but my sole interest lies in the Success of your enterprise and Welfare of Texas. If I except a small Share in the purchase of Cloppers Point Galveston Bay—by Jas Morgan associated with a few Gentlemen Mostly of this City, in which our Mutual friend Dale has also an interest, two Vessels have just Sailed for the point with full Cargoes to touch in at the Mouth of the Mississippi where Mr. Morgan, who goes over land, is to join them— He has laid out a site for a town to be called New Washington, and is intended to run one or both Vessels between there and New Orleans. All of which Can but tend to benifit your own possessions as I hold to be the Case of any improvement in the Neighbourhood. Often have I regretted that I could not take advantage of Henry being on the Spot to secure land in your Colony as Suggested by him—by Clearing out and assure you nothing but the power to do so from the want of means has prevented and not the disposition I now look upon those lands as soon to become very valuable—whether by Independence, Cession to the United States, or a More Settled and Substantial form of Government under that of Mexico—In my letter to Henry I mentioned, what I here repeat in Confidence, that there is little doubt but our Charge de affaires Col. Butler has gone out with instructions to treat with regard to purchase and was to have reported in time for Genl. Jackson's Message to Congress— There is however little chance of his arriving out in time to accomplish the latter object, from his taking this route, I understand he has, through Texas (no doubt on Motives of present interests) and which will make him not the more popular with the Mexican GovernmentSanta Anna may however from the fear of loosing Texas altogether imbrace the opportunity to secure the best offer he Can as the last and only alternative— Last and late advices from Mexico give every indication of an other revolution as being near at hand and hint at Santa Anna's joining the liberal or Strongest Party as the only Chance of Securing his popularity and by so doing it is thought he may succeed—He Changes too often for either party to have any Confidence in him—I am some time without letters from our friend Dale as I got none pr last packet, but hope to be more fortunate by the next—Col. Almonte is Still here—He favored us with several friendly Calls at the House, prior to the late news from Texas—which I presume occupies most of his time to Counteract as far as may be in his power the popular feeling in your favor. Says he regrets the Steps you have taken or to find you in opposition to his Government— I met a Gentleman last evening direct from Washington—an old and intimate friend of President Jackson—who says the President has no disposition to interfere with any present aid given you by Citizens of the U. S. provided they do not openly Violate the laws of Nations—and that the Mexican Government will not be permitted to press our Merchantsmen for the purpose of transporting their Troops Also that orders have been Sent to Pensacola for the Men of War to Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico and a Sloop of War is fitting out with all possible dispatch at Philadelphia, to Sail in week or ten days to Cruise between Tampico and the Mouth of the Mississippi—which will be Very much in your favor and a great protection to Vessels bound into any of your ports— Mrs Holley writes me She has made arrangements for publishing in Lexington, an other Texas—to be out in about Six weeks, with a request that I send her 2000 Copies of the Map, to her first with some additions she has suggested— She was not then aware of your troubles, which when she hears it may delay her book—I had a Visit from brother Charles a Short time Since who takes a great interest in your affairs. So that I can report all friends well— I should be happy to hear from you since your return, but know I ought not to look for it when you must have so many Calls upon your time—Mrs Austin's best regards

Jno. P. Austin