William E. Woodruff to Stephen F. Austin, 01-08-1822

Summary: Progress of Little Rock, Ark. Great movement to Texas.

Little Rock, Jany 8 1822

Dear Sir,

Thinking that it might afford you some satisfaction to hear from this Territory I have taken the opportunity of sending you a few of my papers, by a gentleman from Cape Girardeau, who is on his way to your settlement. I have no news to communicate except such as you may meet with in the Gazette.

This place is beginning to assume the appearance of a town, and I am in hopes in a few years that it will be considered of some considerable importance.

Since my residence at this place (4 or 5 weeks) I have observed a great number of persons emigrating to your settlement, which makes me anxious to hear what your prospects are I should be much gratified to hear from you, when at leasure—A description of the country; its rivers; produce etc, or other information respecting that part of the Province settled by you, would be very acceptable—and, perhaps, by inserting the same in my paper might be of service to you. Anything that I can do to promote your interest will be done cheerfully.

Wishing you success in your [undertaking and ?] prosperity to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Wm E Woodruff

[Addressed:] Stephen F. Austin Esqr. Province of Texas