John C. Harbison to Stephen F. Austin, 09-03-1821
Summary: Wishes his son to go to Texas.
Although to you Almost a stranger, yet I can Cordially commisserate with you on the loss of your venerable parent who was my true friend—
But to Heavens high Decrees we must submit let us do it patiently
My business with you is this I have a son who feels anxious to go to your Country, Texas, I do not wish him to go unprotected or unemployed I would have confided him to your father and I am willing to confide him to you He is young—21 he has a good English Education and understands Surveying he is sober and yet uncontaminated with vice, he is active and faithful, I wish to confer with you on your arrival here as I feel something disposed to remove to that country I expect you will write me the moment you arrive as your Ma has spoken to me to pronounce a funeral sermon for your decd father Write to Jackson
[Addressed] : Stephen F Austin Esq Hazel Run care of J. Bryan Esq