J. M. Arthur to Stephen F. Austin, 12-04-1821

Summary: Kentucky. Interest in Texas.

...... [illegible], Kentucky

Decr 4th 1821

Dear Sir

I am happy to have an opportunity to write you by your Brother and request you write me the first opportunity on receipt of this. My misfortunes have been such in this country as to make me anxious for the benefit of a rising family to seek a better. I wish you to let me know the best terms I can expect from you should I settle in your grant My family consists of myself, wife 2 sons, and one daughter perhaps I may have one slave—I am incapable of hard labor—I have, done business of various kinds, am now employed in teaching school—I wish for you to reflect on my situation, I should be glad to get land for my children, and some office for myself by which I could support my family till they shall be able to support themselves I can get any Catholic recommendation that may be necessary and I expect in case I should go to your country I should be accompanied by several families

J M Arthur

[Addressed:] Stephen F Austin, Esqr Province of Texas J B Austin