Governor H. Johnson to Stephen F. Austin, 05-09-1825
Summary: Concerning recovery of 10 African negroes stolen from Alabama while under adjudication of Federal district court.
Mr Green D. Caller [Collier], who will present this letter, goes
to the Province of Texas in pursuit of ten African negroes which
were stollen and carried off from the State of Alabama in the year
It is said they were stollen by Robert Caller out of the possession of his aunt, who is one of the principals to the bond of $100,000 given for the forthcoming of the slaves at Court. The bearer of this letter, who is recommended to me as a man of respectability, is the son of the lady who had the slaves in possession, and feeling a deep interest in restoring them, has volunteered his services for the purpose.
At the instance of a gentleman of this State of high respectability, who is acquainted with the circumstances of the case, I take the liberty to address you upon the subject, and to solicit your friendly aid and authority in securing the slaves so that they may be restored to their rightful owners. Robert Caller is represented as a desperate character, and may attempt, if not prevented by confinement, to rescue the slaves even at the risk of his life. It might perhaps be advisable, if satisfactory proof should be exhibited of his guilt, to send him back for trial to the place where the crime was committed.
His Excellency, Baron Bastrop, Governor of Texas.