Henry Austin to Stephen F Austin, 08-03-1829
Summary: Plans for navigation of Rio Grande. Has laid before Government of the United States a memorial suggesting exchange of its territory west of Rocky Mountains for that between Rio Grande and the United States.
I now avail my self of a direct opportunity to apprise you that I am here with a Steamboat and some goods for the purpose of ascending the River del norte to open a commercial intercourse with the interior if practicable and taking up land for future benefit— It is extreemly doubtfull whether the enterprise will result in success I shall however give some months attention to it and not leave this country in any event before fall. It will be some weeks before I can get ready to start from this and Should opportunity offer I should be pleased to hear from you
Your council after so much painfull experience would be valuable before leaving the US I laid before Govt a Memoir on the western boundary pointing out the advantages of an exchange of the territory west of the Rocky Mountains for the lands between the Del norte and the US giving the Mexican Govt one or two Millions to enduce the exchange-
Should a sure conveyance offer I will Send you a Copy— I think something will ultimately be done on the subject
do me the favor to let me "hear from you and beleive me always truly your friend and cousin