Stephen F. Austin to Joseph H. Hawkins, 08-06-1822

Summary: Political conditions in Mexico.

City of Mexico, Aug. 6, 1822.

Dear Sir—I wrote you a few days since by Mr. De Armos who accompanied Col. Erwin through by land. At the time I wrote that letter, some strange rumors were in circulation as to the state of affairs here; but I am happy in assuring you they turned out to be entirely false. Things are more tranquil; the Congress progressing in their deliberations, and appearances justify the conclusion, that whatever be the collision arising from difference in opinion as to the course this government should pursue it is gradually gaining strength, and will, I trust, ultimately secure the end of all government, the happiness of the people. As I mentioned in a former letter, business was all suspended for the ceremonies of the most splendid coronation which perhaps any age has furnished. Congress have resumed their labors with some asciduity. The colonization law is now printing and will be finally discussed and disposed of in eight or ten days. I will forward a copy the moment it passes. There is a section in it which embraces my case, and without some unexpected opposition or difficulty, I hope to have my claim fully confirmed, and be on my way to the settlement at all events in fifteen or twenty days, I shall however, not leave this until my land claim is finally adjusted ; and although I am aware the settlers have experienced much inconvenience by my absence, still in the end my visit here will not be without advantages to the settlement.

Stephen F. Austin.