H D Thompson to Stephen F Austin, 08-19-2010

Summary: Giving account of the illness and death from yellow fever of Austin's brother, James Brown Austin. The Spanish invasion of Mexico. New Orleans August 19th 1829

New Orleans, August 19, 1829.

Respected Sir

It is a painefull task for me to Communicate the unwelcome tydings to you of the loss of so near and so dear a friend to you as well to his wife and famaley; though gods will—to take him from this troublesome wourld—we aught not to Repine—but hope for his greater happyness in the next the attachment I had for your brother J. B. ostin was not a little I Can ashure you—though we had not seen each other—since the year 1825—at the town of Matamores, when we became acquainted and was pritty much to geather— Boarded in one house, and spent our times simeler—another oppertunity afforded us a renewel of our acquaintence, though of but vary short duration several times I Called on board of the vessel to see him but each time found him absent and anxiously imployed in his buiseness—on tuesday morning the 14 we by axident met each other in Charter. St—he being some what altered in the face than at the time we had last seen each other, I did not amediately Recognize him but he knew me at once in the Course of our Conversation he observed you had received a letter from me and would have written but for some thing that intervened; we was both glad to see each other it then being a bout a quarter past 6 a m. oClock and the weather being excessively hot—Mr ostin Captn Harris and myself went in to Swansons Coffee house to take a meeting and friendly glass—we Done So—parted and was soon to meet a gain- that evening was the time he lotted to Call at my house—to Consult on various subjects—one of which was that of the Brig Gen1 Moralies—which I have Command of—but poor man that was our last interview—at a bout one oclock that Same day he was takeing with a pain at the pit of the stummac and a slight paine in the head he had, complained in the morning while in Company with Captn Hs and my self—of being a little unwell. I observed to him he ought to make use of a umberrela he replyed that he was acustome to being in the sun—and apprehended no danger, my not being acquainted of his being takeing down so ill—-was the Cause of my not being with him in his last moments—which I would done Chearfully, Could but been of service I have no doubt but he Received every attention from Mr Williams. Mr Coliens—and others belonging to the house of Mr Coliens. Mcfarling was his phisition he hearetofore was varry fortunate with his patience I Cannot say wheather the time was not prolonged in Calling for medicle ade—

he expired on friday morning at three oClock and I am told without much agany or pain he was entered in a tumbe arected for him at five oClock P, M-—and had a deasent funerel his loss is much Regretted by all-—that knew him I am well a waire my self I lost a friend-—may heaven Rest his soul in peace-—Comforte and provide for his esteemed wife and famoley whom is left behind to lement his death—

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Colonol. S. F. Austin

P. S; I Received a letter Dated veracruze 31st of July, Stateing that Commodore David Porter was still in mexeco and that he was some what indisposed. Congres is to Convene-—amediately. none of the spannish fleete has yet been seen of veracruze-— several gunboates and some pecises of Cannon has been sent down to Campeachy— a Report sais that three thousand troopes had landed 15 leagues to the south of tampeco—- now is the time to harvest if the mexecans would only grant Commicions for the sea is Covered with old spanyards and their property never Could there be a greater harvest Could there be Commissions for Privateers obtained, the Brig Genl Marallas ought to been Cruizeing this 4 or 6 months past She Could not helped makeing a fortune for all hands how easy Could she picked up some of the transports, one that has arived hear with 500 troopes there would been no dificulty in Captoring the whole of them— they are now incamped at the english turn, it is saide weighting the arivle of Some armed vessel to take them off— the fever Rages hear vilently from the first to the eighth of this month there was 180 interments greater part of whome was Catholis and old Spanyards. 60 hours after they are takeing is about the time they last— the fever is Considdered to be of different tipe, to what has been heare to fore their is more shiping now in port than ever has been known at this season of the year before— two vessels arived from the Riogrand with Passengers and money one Reports that the St ana, Captn potter was seen on the 6, inst—off the Brasses Sttiango standing to the S E. she sailed the day previous to them.— their is hourly expected some arivles from veracruwze, by which we Contemplate hearing some favourable tydings Relative to the Navy being fited out—

Colonal Ostin

Sir if I can in any way be of service to you hear you have ownly got to Command me,

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S. F. Osten Esqr

St Philipy. Osten Settlement Provence. Texes Mexico