Stephen F. Austin to James E. B. Austin, 05-20-1823
Summary: Sentiment strong for Federal Republic. Evils of Central Republic. The clergy. The people "priest-ridden," superstitious, and fanatical.
I have been here several days wating for the Comt Genl who is expected this evening. I shall probably start in three or four days after his arrival and hope to embrace you once more in a short time.
I have written to the Junta Governativa and to the Baron
informing them of my arrival thus far and I wish you to send notice
thereof to the settlers as I am told they are very much discouraged and
that many talk of returning back—It will be an unfortunate event
for the whole Province if this settlement is broken up, and I think
it would have a good effect on the minds of the settlers if the Junta
could publish my letter to them, but say nothing of this to any one
except the Baron or Erasmo. I am told you have a newspaper in
Bexar which I am rejoiced to hear it will be of incalculable
advantage to Bexar and the whole Province—I have no company but
one servant, and if I meet with none at Laredo shall go through with
him for I am so anxious to get home that nothing shall detain me—
The country is parched with the drought and corn very high—
the people in this quarter are all in favor of a Federal Republic I
hope Bexar is the same a Central Republic is the worst Govt in
the world—for all the power will be in the hands of a few men in
Mexico and instead of a Republic it will in effect be an aristocracy
which is worse than a monarchy, for in it we shall have 100 Tyrants
man has a right to think for himself.
Farewell may we soon meet in happiness remember me to all friends
Estevan F. Austin [Rubric]