William S. Archer to Stephen F Austin, 07-03-1836
Summary: Replying to invitation to emigrate to Texas
On my way from the south, a few days ago, I met on the Road, My
Relative Doct. B. T. Archer, who informed me that you had been good enough
Having seen a little, and heard a great deal from authentic sources, of
your splendid Region, I can not doubt that it is destined to become one of
the most desirable portions of the Globe,
provided always (as the Law
phrase is) that the government to be established, do not counteract the
physical advantages, as it is the tendency of all the Governments
established in our Western Country Eventually to do. Good Government can
only be set up in the infancy and outset of states, as it never retrogrades
from bad to good though it so often changes in the contrary directions.
You will be united I hope and think, very speedily, with our confederation, a result equally to be desired on your account and ours— But, the character of the state government you may form, will be matter of far more importance both to yourselves, and those who may be disposed to come among you. I take the freedom of indulging this remark, because my own determination in regard to Emigration will be much influenced by this consideration.
I expect to be in Texas