John P. Coles to Stephen F. Austin, 05-13-1825

Summary: Concerning a stolen negro.

13th May 1825

Dear Sir

I Recd yours by Mr. Leonard Dubois and notice Its contents I am not able to get any proof here of Halls Bringing the Negro to the colony which Mr. Dubois is claiming Report says that Hall did assist in Bringing of the Negro he was at Tramels as I understood at the time the Negro was Brot of I know nothing of the sircumstances myself nor neither doo I know any person who does know any thing about It the Negro is Either at Randons near Groces or at Prices or at Halls If he has not been secreted I think It would be well to send Mr. Dubois and an officer to Randons Immediately and sirch for the Negro also to Prices I believe they are all concerned with Tramel

I noticed the Bill of Mr. Jones pocket Book money etc I can not see Mr Hope today and consequently cannot give you an ansa but I dont believe the money found by Mr Hope to be Jones, I will see Mr. Hope and Bring you down Information I shall start down on Sunday Morning and shall be in Town on Monday I shall bring down your Horses

Jno. P. Coles [Rubric]

(Addressed:) Col. S. F. Austin San Felipe D. Austin

Pr Dubois