Stephen F. Austin to Powers of Commissioners to Waco Indians, 06-xx-1824

Summary: Powers to make treaty.

[June — 1824.]

The inhabitants living in the Colony formed by the Empresario Stephen F. Austin on the Brazos and Colorado Rivers in the Province of Texas being desirous to be and for ever remain in perfect peace and harmony with all the tribes of Indians, and cosidering that the Wecos Tawacaneys and Toweasses on the Brazos are our nigh neighbors and that the mutual convenience and interest of the settlers as well as of those Indians requires that the most perfect friendship and harmony should prevail between them, and that a clean commercial intercourse should be established and kept up between this Colony and those Indians which it has been represented is the sincere wish and desire of the chief of those tribes.

Therefore I Stephen F. Austin Lieut Col of Militia Empresario of this Colony charged with the administration of its civil affairs and the preservation of good order do by these presents appoint as Commissioners to visit said Indians on the part of the inhabitants of this Colony and to represent to them that our objects in settling in this country are purely of an agricultural nature, that we have settled under the authority and by the permission of the Supreme powers of the Mexican nation, that we view all the Indians tribes as our friends and brothers and wish to live in peace and trade freely with all, and as the Wecos and their neighbors and the Mexicans have always been friends we wish to establish a friendly understanding with them and offer them our hands as brothers, who will be always willing to trade with them and receive them as our friends—and that there may arise no misunderstanding on the subject the settlers have sent up the said to talk with them and form a lasting treaty of peace and friendship for ever—