R. C. Bruffey to Stephen F. Austin, 04-16-1822

Summary: Disappointment at not seeing Austin. Uneasy about constitution and "restrictions." Austin's debts.

St Antonio 16th April 1822

Dear Sir

I left home and arrived at this place yesterday I left Home the 22nd January and have had a Tedious Journey as you will see by the date I was mortified to hear of your vessell not having arrived on the Brassos I saw Messrs Foster and Burnet who stated that your articles were Landed at the mouth of that River Foster was then on his way to the place of Landing and stated that he would Remain by the goods Report says that yours and two other vessels had fitted out for the same coast that is yours a second time I felt considerably Shagrined when I heard that you had gone to Mexico but it was no doubt Necessary—I am pleased with the country on Brassos Colorado and Guadalupe but particularly the Former I am sorry I cannot see you as I can do nothing the Governor Refers me to you and I am in doubt how to act more especially as the Government is not compleately Organized consequently I know not what the constitution will be or whether the settlement will be circumscribed to a particular number or not nor what the Result of those other Restric- tions will be all of which seams to defeat my expectations could I do anything profitable I would stay untill I knew the Result but I fear I shall be forced to Return home and there it may end as Relates to myself and I fear it may prevent others as numbers of Respectable citizens from Washington would have moved to the country had or could I give them encouragement should I not stay I wish to hear from you particularly on the subject on your Return your Relatives were well as were my own family when I left Missouri I recd both your letters of Novr 15th from Orleans with the Receipts and money by Mr Honey which was a Timely Relief—I am without money and your Brother has let me have his watch to Take me home the price we will settle when we meat if ever—Colletts exn [execution] amts to 229$ and whatever cost and interest may be on it hereafter -I have paid Guyard 290 dollars including the money you sent me 200$ which is the whole amount I showed your Brother the papers he can Give you all the information you may want on the subject as soon as you can please give me Relief

Yours affectionately

R C Bruffy

[Addressed:] Stephen. F. Austin Esqr care of Mr J. E. B. Austin