G. Pearce to Stephen F. Austin, 12-12-1821

Summary: Wants terms of settlement. How make Galveston safe as a port of entry. Slaves.

[Natchitoches?] December 12th 1821


By the request of a very particular friend of mine, I am induced to address you for information relative to your projected establishment on the Trinity—Having as yet never seen any map of the prov- ince of Texas, I am not able to form a correct notion of yr location- It would be desirable to learn when you design to lay down yr grant— Upon what terms you solicit emigration? What inducements the prospect holds out? If, as I suppose, Galveston Island must be made the place of deposit from whence shipments of produce are to be made, what security the shiper could have against the depredations of the marauders who it is to be expected will continue to infest that bay.

All these and any other information which you can give would be thankfully received—My friend could probably take with him about twenty negroes and perhaps a poor white family consisting of a man and his wife.

Have the kindness to reply to this directed to me at Donaldsonville [Louisiana?] where I shall be in a week from this time directed to my friend Thos. C. Nicholls Esqr resident there—

G. Pearce

I have been informed that several vessels sailed from New Orleans lately for yr. establishment wi[th] persons designing to make a location there—If not inconsistant wt yr views, I would like to learn what number and character they may be.