Josiah H Bell to Stephen F Austin, 03-13-1829

Summary: People of his section disgusted with disturbances at San Felipe. He thinks the lawyers are to blame. All have confidence in Austin and depend on him to set things right. People will support an academy but don't want it located at San Felipe.

Dear Sir

it is with much regret that we hear that the p[e]ople of st Philepe is still keeping up a difficulty among themselves and is concequinteally Calculated to give uneasiness to the p[e]ople genarly—-I fear there is some who do not think as they should do of the necessity of harmony and Good feelings among the people Gennorly but suifer their inflamatry feelings to leed them to far it may be they suifer their veiws of Interest to over-ride their duty to the publick Good and I fear the Gentlemen of the bar has no small shear in the affair I am of opinion that if the lawers do not Change their manner of doing business or there is not a stop put to their management in some way that it will be productive of more sereous Injury to the Collony than they are aware of or prehaps to themselves in short there is more Clamour among the p[e]ople against the proceeding at that place than I have heard on any subject and they all agree that the lawers is intitled to the principal blame—I have paid all attention to what is passing in my power and am Convinced that the people have little hope but in you for a reformation—they all have Confidence that you will as you have done do all in your power for the publick Good. I am Convinced that you have much in your power and that you have the intire confidence of the people and that any measure you [approved] would meet their seport and apprebation what have you not done for us and what may you not yet do— I received your letter on the subject of establishing a school and have spoken to the p[e]ople Genarly the[y] are all willing to Give it liberal support but object intirely to sending their children to San Philipe in fact they are so disgusted with the precedings at that place that there is nothing that Centers there that they will have any thing to do with—as to my own part I would do any way that a mejority might think best—

My opinion is that if the lawers ware placed in a situation to go to work and Could be converted into good farmers that all things would go on well and quietly and I think I risk nothing whin I say that this is the opinion of the p[e]ople Genarly—and also that any measure you may perpose would meet their aprobation, and also that they look to you alone as having it in your power to remady the Evils they now Complain of—and their whole hope is that you will be with them in using your Influince and means for the Good of the Collany and they beleave that while the lawers Continue as they are that they have nothing but Confusion to hope for.—

it is rumored that our Ayuntimiento is preparing a petition to the Legislature of the state to pass a law to levy a tax on the Collany I think it a subject that ought to be well reflected on the people is pore and a tax should be as little resorted to as possable

J. H. Bell