James W Breedlove to Stephen F Austin, 11-30-1829

Summary: Thanking Austin for information about Texas. Rumors that United States is negotiating for Texas.

New Orleans Novr 30. 1829

Col Stephen F Austin

Dear Sir Your esteemed favor of the 12 Oct came to hand by Captain Pettet and for the valuable information therein contained be pleased to accept my warmest thanks, I have shown your letter to several of my friends who are interested in Texas and they have advised me verry Strongly to have it published, this I have declined doing, as you had [not] expressed such a wish. Your letter has shed light on the subject of the Colonization Laws and regulations. which many persons stood in need of and to such persons I have taken pleasure in reading it. I shall feel under much obligation to you when I receive the promised translation of all the Laws on that subject as it will afford me the means of giving such information as is almost daily asked of me, as the representative of the Mexican Government in this City. The impression is rapidly spreading that the United States are now negotiating for the purchase of Texas it may be without foundation, but it has already had the effect to cause many to look in that direction for a future residence

for your friendly feelings in recommending the Planters of your -Country to me as an agent to Transact their business accept my best wishes, and you may rely on my best exertions for the protection of their Interest whenever intrusted to my care;

Should it ever fall in my way to render Service to the Settlement of Austin, rest assured it Shall be done

J W Breedlove

P. S. A friend of mine Genl Smith of Missouri is now here, and has a great wish to make a contract with your State for the Settlement of two or three hundred families, and wishes me to Join him, he is a Gentleman of great Integrity and inteligence, and is in possession of Considerable means, he would visit Texas, but his business Calls him to Mo. he requests me to ask if the land originally granted to Edwards is vacant and also what Kind of a Grant Could be obtained in other Sections of your State, and when your Legislature meets, and what are the requisites to be Done to make a Contract, your answer to those enquiries will oblige

J W Breedlove

[Addressed.] Col. Stephen F Austin Austin Texas Schr. Santa Ana