Stephen F. Austin to Horatio Chriesman, 04-01-1825

Summary: Order to go with a force of militia to arrest Andrew Valentine and others at the house of Sartuche on Trinity River

Having received information at seven o'clock in the afternoon of this day that the within mentioned Andrew Valentine together with his companions Mariano Mora one Chocolatero and others of his associates are stopped on the Trinity River at the Crossing of the La Bahia Road at the House of one Sartuche.

Therefore in compliance with the above order of the Acting Governor of the Department of Texas and in the name of the Mexican Republic I command you to collect a sufficient Number of the National Militia of this Colony to follow and make prisoners the said Valentine and his companions wherever they may be found and to take possession of everything they have with them bringing them and the property taken forthwith to this Town under strict guard that I may send them on to the Superior Authority as Prisoners In compliance with the foregoing order. Useing arms should they make resistance. Thus I Stephen F. AustinLieut Col. of the Militia of this Colony and Judge Commissioner therefor Command and order to be executed.

Given in the Town of San Felipe de Austin 1st Apil 1825

Stephen F. Austin [Rubric]

Samuel M. Williams [Rubric]

Secretary of the Colony

To Citizen Horatio Chrisman Captain of Militia