James F Perry to Stephen F Austin, 07-19-1829

Summary: Concerning a land claim in Virginia. Economic depression in Missouri.

Potosi Mo July 19 1829

Dear Friends

We have been waiting with anxiety to receive a line from You we have not had a letter from either you or Brown since last November since we have directed our letters by the way of New Orleans we dont know wheather you receive them as we have wrote several to which we have not recd answers from Information from Judge Carr and from other reports we been flatering ourselves with a visit from you the ensueing fall we would be all verry much rejoiced to see you in Missouri once more. I wrote to you sometime since respecting a claim of your Fathers in Wyth Go, Va I Recd two letters lately on the subject one from a James Graham who wishes to purchase it the other from a Mr James McGarock an old acquantance of E Bates to whom I wrote on the subject he states there is a claim of 2000 acres which he says is worth 500$ and would have been worth 1000$ if the Timber had not been cut off by the Neighbours Graham offers 500$ for the land just for our quit claim Deed togather with a Power to sue for Damages don on the premicies if you visit this Country this fall perhaps by going to see it it may be worth more or if you dont visit this country soon perhaps it might be best to sell it for what it will bring as there is Iron works near it and they are destroying the timber I intend writing to Mr McGarock to take care of it I dont wish to sell our interest in it unless you and Brown sell for if we sell our Interest it will give the person who purchases it a licence to strip the land of Timber and render [it] worth nothing let me know soon what is best to be don.

On the 23d July 1827 I enclosed to you a note on Bartlet Sims in favr of Alfred Lougraben (?) for $798.61. dated 16th augt 1803 which you have never acknoledged the rect of please say whether you have recd it or not and if you have what prospect there is to collect it as he has enquired of me about it. I also promised to enquire of you for Capt John Hutching what the prospect would be for him to collect a debt which Capt Bell owed him. if you think he can collect it he will go on to your Country for that purpose I beleave you know all about the transaction between Bell and Hutching it was money Hutchings paid for him as his security and if he is worth it he should pay the debt, it amounts to about $1000. business at the Mines has become verry dull the Fever River Mines has stocked the market Lead is now only worth $2.50 at the river our firm has lost very considerably in the fall of lead the last year we have made and have Materials on hands to make in all about 1.200.000 lbs on which we will loose from 50c to 2$ per 100 at the present prices which will make us considerable looses after all the profits of smelting and the Sale of Medz [merchandise] in payment for the mine Lands are not considered so valuable in as they ware a few years ago. I have nothing more to add Emily will fill up the balance My best respects to Brown and his Lady and except my best wishes for your self

James F. Perry [Rubric]

Dear Brother's and Sister

I take Mr Perrys place at the desk to add a few lines, and to thank My Dear Sister for her welcom Epistle which I received a few weeks ago, and O! how happy would I be could I but clasp my Dear little Nephew to my bosom may he continue to grow and thrive, and become every thing his fond Parents could wish is the sineear prayer of his Aunt— I should like very much to know what you and Sir James are thinking about, not a line have I received from eather of you since last November, Your letters I expect have been lost, we do not hear from you as frequently now, as when we directed by the way of Nathetoch [Natchitoches]; I have been flattering myself all summer with the pleasure of seeing you this Fall; but shall not look for you untill I see you; our Friends and relations are all well I had a visit from Adeline, last week, tell Brown that if he was still Single he might now entrap the Young widdow she looks remarkably well, and is quit lively— the Children are all well, your namesake says that he wants to see Uncle Stephen he must come and bring him a Spanish Horse; if Brown should want a clerk, Austin will Shortly be cabable to Fill that office;

E M. Perry

[Addressed:] Col. Stephen F Austin San Filipi D Austin Rio Brasas Texes—To the care of Mr Masil White Merchant New Orleans