Stephen F. Austin to Josiah H. Bell, 09-28-1823
Summary: Wishes the people to move closer together for protection. Wants settlers "to be satisfied, if such a thing is possible."
Since my return from Mexico I have been trying to induce the
people to move nearer together, on the Colorado I could not effect
this object—some would go to the cane breake and some would not—
I have determined to make one effort more on this river—the land
for 15 or 20 miles above and below this town will be laid off in labor
tracts, my wish is that the whole settlement should move to these
labor tracts each one can pick his league tract and have it surveyed
elsewhere and it will be time enough if it is improved in two years
—I wish the settlers to be satisfied
if such a thing is possible—will
your settlement agree to move together or not? I wish to do as
the majority decide.
[Stephen F. Austin.]
[Addressed:] J. H. Bell Esqr.