John Ruland to A. McNair and Stephen F. Austin, 10-03-1824

Summary: John Ruland to A. McNair, October 3, and A. McNair to Austin, October 8, 1824. Recommending Zadock Woods.

Troy October 3rd 1824

Dear Sir.

Mr Zadock Woods, the bearer of this, returned last winter from the Province of Texas, which place he had visited for the purpose of ascertaining whether he could improve his situation by removing thither:—he has satisfied himself on that head and is now starting back with all his family.

As it is customary for those who value a good name, to procure testimonials of Character from those of their fellow citizens whose standing in Society is conspicuous, Mr Woods is desirous of obtaining from you a few lines to Mr Austin in Texas, stating your knowledge of his character etc—and also a letter from Major Christy and Wm C. Carr Esq.

As to my knowledge of Mr Woods, I can say that during an acquaintance of five years, I have ever found him scrupulously just and honorable in all his dealings.—And I can assure you that his departure from this place is sincerely regretted by his Neighbors.— He is a Man of industrious habits and of enterprise, but has, (as I presume you know) lost a Valuable estate in endeavoring to benefit the country and himself, by exporting its produce.

If you can give Mr Woods a recommendation, and enable him to procure one from each of the gentlemen I have named, you will serve a worthy Man, and confer particular favor on

Jn° Ruland

[Addressed:] His Excelly Alexander McNair Governor of Missouri St. Louis.

St Louis 8th October 1824

Mr Austin

What is stated in the letter of Mr Ruland to me respecting Mr Woods I know to be correct— I would have procured a letter from Mr Carr to you but he is in Kentucky-on a visit with his family.

I have the honor to be your friend &c. A McNair