Felix Robertson to Stepehn F. Austin, 03-08-1827

Summary: Asking assistance for Nashville company. Prospects of great emigration to Texas.

Nashville 8th March 1827

Colo. Austin,

Dear Sir, Majr. League the bearer of this has been appointed by the Texas association of this place their agent to go to Saltillo and apply to the convention now in session there in their behalf. To comply with the letter of the collonization law in the settling of their Colony presents so many and serious difficulties to the view of the Company, that they have become very much disheartend, and will I believe cause them to entirely abandon the enterprise, unless they can obtain some modification of the grant more favorable to its settlement. In their opinion the government can make terms much more favorable to the company, and in the end eventuate to the interest of the Government. This company wish particularly to have the power of selecting their settlers, who are to be their neighbours. This seems to be a "sine qua non" to any further attempt to make settlements in the Country. If they do settle in the Country they wish their lives and property to be as safe as their prudence can make them, and they think this can only be effected by the power being vested in themselves to keep out of their settlement any persons they may have the least suspicion of being restless, discontented, revolutionizing and disorganizing persons—Majr League will communicate freely with you touching the matter for which he goes on to the seat of government, and so far as you may think them proper and obtainable, your cooperation with him to effect the wishes of this company will be gratefully acknowledged by them. It is my present opinion that should Majr. League succeed in obtaining some of the vital changes desired, and your country remain quiet through the summer infinately a greater tide [of] emigration will set into it next fall than has ever yet been experienced. I think at present it would greatly benefit your country for it to be generally understood, (and be lawful) that foreigners could hold landed estates in it. My present limits will not allow me to go into the reasons for this opinion, but I have no doubt of its correstness—present me in the most friendly terms to our friend Ingram, accept assurances of my highest regard

Felix Robertson