Juan Martin de Beramendi to Stephen F. Austin et al, 02-15-1825

Summary: Ordering the arrest of a Frenchman, Andrew Valentine, for horse stealing.

Juan Martin de Beramendi Sqse first judge Constitutional of San Fernando de Bejar, and accidental Political Chief for fault of proprietor


Los Brazos





This Tribunal


To your's the juge's citizen's dependant's to the new colony and town of San Felipe de Austin, Departments of Coahuila and Tejas Estate.—I put in your knowledge in virtu of this my requerant Letter, that divers robbery made in this City of drove Horses, and Mules Lately instant this citizen's experiment checks mischief's; at the same time I have had the verification before my Tribunal, that the principal author of this excess, was the ingrateful foreigner French, Andrew Valentine with others perverses, they are stealing in differents parts the aforesaid Droves of Horses and Mules, with the indiftenseness to drive into United States of America, I am informed that this desertion is for that Country, I desire for my part to accomplish with the Laws and oughts of my employ, with what prevents the Laws, and our Mexican Constitution, I order, require, and charge in name of Republica, and for my part I prayer, and request with exaggeration, that immediately you see this requiring, to prepare for reserved way, to all inHabitants of your's comprehension of this new Colony, to take care of straitely and to be with vigilance in all the passages of Brazos River, when thinking can cross the river, the aforesaid thief Andrew Valentin, and his companions, as soon can be see towards of this point, to take prisoner with all his company and put in embargo all what carry on, and to send to me immediately under a safe conduct, and so doing you accomplishing with the will of Superior Governmt, to whom many times it is assures of your honest process, and of your submission, and obedience to Laws.-—- I trusty in this recommendable circumstances that caracterize you, my heart it is tranquilized, and I believe that the wicked ingrateful. Valentin will be prisoner in your hands.—And with the object of the assurance, I order for last that be circulated this my aforesaid Letter from juge in juge with the quickness possible until put this in hands of the Colonel Estevan Austin Sqse- principal chief of this department, he can dispose the more convenient.

Government House of Bejar 15th. Feby. 1825

Juan Martin de Beramendi [Rubric] De Assist*-

Josef Antonio Navarro [Rubric] De assa- Victoriano Zepeda


To the Juges of the Towns and Places noted in the margin

[On margin:]

Martes quince, sale a las nueve y quarto del dia, este requerente.


Recibido a la una de la tarde el dia primero de Abril en este Juzgado en la Villa de San Felipe de Austin.

Austin [Rubric]

a los dos de la misma tarde salieron extraordinarios pa dar el correspondiente aviso en los diferentes pasos poblados del Rio de los Brazos.

Austin [Rubric]