J. Thomas to Stephen F. Austin, 12-06-1824

Summary: Introducing Thomas Hooper.

Alexandria Decr 6. 1824

Dr Sir.

It affords me much pleasure to have it in my power to introduce to your acquaintance the bearer My worthy and warm friend Mr Thomas Hooper. Mr Hooper will not only be a valuable addition to your society from his personal merits—But from that enter- prize which in a new and growing community like yours is so inestimable. He carries with him an industrious and respectable mechanic—in conjunction with whom should the prospects justify the attempt—he intends to erect a saw and grist mill and cotton gin. Undertaking like this cant fail to be of public benefit, whilst I cannot but wish that Mr H will be pleased with your settlement—I regret that any circumstance which would not be to him and his family a positive benefit—should deprive his friends of his society, hospitality and unlimited friendship.

J° Thomas


I have strong hopes that one of my Junior Brothers, will locate himself in your neighborhood—and I think it is not very improbable that I may visit you in the course of the next Summer.


Col Stephen F. Austin.