D. W. Smith to Stephen F. Austin, 09-12-1826

Summary: Application for land.

Matamoros 12th- Sept 1826.

Stephen Austin Esqr

Dear Sir,

I embrace the opportunity of Capt. Buckner's return to Texas, to inform you that it is my wish to take up a League of land within your grant. It is very gratifying to hear of the prosperity of this infant settlement, It may indeed prove to be " the garden of America." It is quite probable that I shall be a neighbor of yours, at no very distant period—but is impossible for me to leave my present situation immediately. I write in haste. We have however no political, or other, news of interest to communicate. Capt. B. will give you the particulars of affairs in Matamoros. You will do me the favor, sir, to attend to this business so soon as is convenient; and also "to write me on the subject. Capt. B. will advise you in making choice of the land. Any business you may have with the Spanish govern- ment in which I can serve you—shall do it at any time with much pleasure.

D. W. Smith

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P. S.

A friend of mine Capt. Barnes, requests of you to do him the favor to reserve for him a League of land of good local situation and quality.

D. W. Smith