P. S. Slocum to Stephen F. Austin, 02-20-1825

Summary: Political news, State and National. Adams will probably be elected President.

Natchitoches February 20th 1825

Dear Sir :

Permit to introduce to your polite attention Mr Thompson a gentleman of acknowledged Worth and Merit—you will confer a particular favour by showing him every attention in your power—

I am sorry I can not at this time give you something interesting from this quarter: but there is so little matter for news in a little country village like Natchs that not much can be Expected—all that is stiring in the political world you will Learn by the Newspapers which I send you. the result of the Presidential Election has not been heard of. but at an Early hour I will inform you—It is generally supposed Mr. Adams will be Elected Virginia, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, and New York with New England States will support him consequently Crawford will be out of the question with much propriety—Upon the whole I think the contest a close one involved in much doubt—We shall know the fate of the candidates in a few days—Judge Johnson our late member of Congress has been reelected to the Senate of the U States in opposition to Mr. Livingston —a striking proof of popularity not originating from Talent but Exalted worth—Mr. Smith a young man of merit will leave here in ten or fifteen days and you shall have a long Letter from me on miscellaneous Subjects be content with the preceding scraps

P. S. Slocum [Rubric]

James B Austin Province of Texas