Antoine Soulard to Moses Austin, 06-30-1800
Summary: Concerning survey of Austin's grant. Claims of other inhabitants.
[From what] you told me I expected to have seen you soon after I came up, You would have found Mr [undecipherable] who is to Set out in a few days and will be the Bearer of this, after having made to Mr Lieutn Governor an official return of the Survey of Your Land, I freely deliver'd to him my private opinion on the matter, and I confidentially say, that the Survey which has been made, will stand as it is without any alteration, 'till the decision of the Government General, and the business cannot be brought there, unless the Inhabitants concerned can prove in writing that the manner in which your Land was Survey'd is prejudicial and ruinous to them: I likewise believe that M. Delassus will inform in your favor, a friend of mine being now with me, enables me to Speak to you Somewhat more openly than I could have done otherwise. I have no doubt but that you will Judge rightly of My Motives, and keep all this between Ourselves—
In the course of next month I shall draw on You for 150 Dlls in
lead @ 5 dols p H in favor of Mr Pascal-Detchemendy and Should
You are no doubt fully satisfied at this time that My Intentions toward you have been constantly the Same, and that nothing could make me alter them.
Please to present my respectful devo[tions] to Mrs Austin and believe Me Most perfectly Sir