Alexander Curcier to Stephen F. Austin, 09-05-1826
Summary: Loss of a cavallada of mules and horses. Requesting Austin's assistance in recovering them from Tahuacanos and Wacoes.
Sir Having some days since had a conversation with your Brother through the medium of a friend respecting the loss I sustained of a Cabalyard, consisting of 69 head of Mules 22 Horses and 13 work Oxen, taken off at night from my camp by the towagones [Tahuacanos] and wecos—He informed me that an Expedition was about being undertaken by the settlers of your Colony against those two Nations for depredations committed upon your settlement— and promised that he would write to you on the subject of my loss and assured me of your friendly disposition toward the recovery of my property, all which I doubt not he has mentioned to you, previous to his leaving here, probably by the last mail that left here
Under the solicitude I feel for the recovery of this property, and
the Extra expense incurred added to the pecuniary embarrassment,
and my attention being required to my property here, preventing
personal steps towards regaining of my cavalyard, I am induced
personally to address this Letter, and in aid with a friend, who has
Owing to my misfortune I have come to a determination to sell off 4 to 6 waggons, of which I also apprized your Brother, who at once discovered thire usefulness to some of the Largest Planters in your Neighbourhood—they are large and heavy, with broad wheels, well ironed and calculated either for Oxen or Mules, with complete sets of Harness—should any be wanted I would suggest the propriety of an early application, as I feel disposed to let them go reasonably, in order that my stay may not be protracted—Be pleased to favor me with your reply by return post and oblige,
The oxen have no mark particularly remembered
[Addressed:] S. F. Austin Esqr.