Patick and Lindsay Clopper to Stephen F Austin, 07-26-1829

Summary: Patrick and Lindsay Clopper to Austin, July 26, 1829. Complaining of mileage fees charged by officer for serving a writ.

Harrisburgh 26 July 1829

Dear Sir

When we left Sanfelepe a few days Since with [a] view of going to the U. S. for the purpo[se of] bringing out Men and means to prosecute [our] business in the fall,—we thought we took with us the good wishes of the good people of the Country,—and having (previously to leaving town appointed our friend [Walter] C. White our genl agent with means [to] liquidate and Settle any just claim that might remain against us, and having given the alcalde notice of this in writing and also Verbally assuring him that Mr W. C. White would settle for us any just claim without a Suit, we beged him not to issue in any case without first knowing from our agent to the contrary,— Now Sir mark the conduct of the officer, we had but Just got here, when S Miller appears with a process from the Alcalde for 15.00 in favr Scoby,—Miller was asked—did Walter G White Know of this? he answered No; and demanded Ten Dollars Milage when we Knew (through himself) that he was on other Business at Doctr Nuckolls, and Dobson and Lewis's place Hence we consider such charges grievous, oppressive and unjust, Knowing that the Law says when an officer is on duty to different persons the Milage shall be apportioned among them—and Knowing it to be the duty of the alcalde not to issue [process for] a person before he has proof that an [effort] or essay has been made to settle by compromise etc but our agent we are persuaided would have Satisfied Mr Scoby without a Suit,—it is painful to us dear Sir, to trouble you in this way knowing the multiplicity of your business Concerns, but [as] the Complaints agt the administration of Justice throughout the Colony are loud and numerous, and we have on all occasions used our best influence to quiet and pacefy the minds of the people advising always to make allowances and Judge with as much liberality as posible and try to Settle their differences at home, but a galled Horse Winces,—it is distressing and perplexing, and our minds are now devided about proceeding further in our Views and opperations, which are of too extensive a nature to be subjected to such regulations as we are now under; it is principally with this View, that we now address you, and ask your friendly advice and Candid opinion— Shall we go on and trust and hope that those grievances will be removed, or shall we wind up and close and make the most we can of what we have,—there are numbers of our friends and acquaintances waiting our opinion on which depends their removal to the country or not [we ver] y seriously lame[nt] the present state [of] things,— pray [write] emedeately on rect of this, and Mr W. [C] White will forward it on to Care [of] Dunlap—here, So that it will reach [us] without delay

Chopper's Patrick and Lindsay

[Addressed:] Col S F Austin Town of Austin