Edward Lovelace to Stephen F. Austin, 06-26-1822

Summary: Coast explorations. Excellence of Galveston harbor. Drought. No corn.

River Brazos1 mile below the de la Bahia Road West side

June 26th 1822

Judge Austin

Dear Sir We sailed passed the Brazos the 2nd day of Decr last lays in Latitude 29°-10-12. We arrived at the mouth of this River the 23rd of the same month, from the best observation it is in Latitude 29° 16' N Mr Little has established himself on this River 90 miles from the sea coast Latitude 29°-38 N. The drout have been so prevalent that we shall make no corn this year The depth of Water on the bar at the mouth of this River is at low tide 4 1/2 to 5 feet high tide 6 or 7 one quarter of a mile from the Land At the mouth of the Colorado a vessel cannot come nearer Land than from 5 to 6 miles, Galveston will be the sea Port sir, for this province, water plenty, good Harbour, also the ancorage are exceled by non, dont fail my Dear Sir to petition for the Lands agreed on between us previous to our parting in New Orleans, also Galveston as it will be the grand object

Accept my highest wishes for your welfare and am anxious to hear from you

Edward Lovelace.