John Austin to Stephen F Austin, 04-13-1830

Summary: Sailing to Tampico. Trade in Texas.

Brasoria April 13th 1830

Col. S. F. Austin

Dr Sir Tomorrow I leave for Tampico if I receive the papers Mr Williams did not send them and we have been obliged to send an express to San Felipe for them. I expect to return here as soon as I can dispose of the Cargo if should not sell the Vessel in case I sell her I will go to New Orleans. I am in hopes the trip will turn out well. Abner Harris was here a few days since I gave him McNeils note he will get the Cattle in a few days from them I also instructed him to sell all the horses and mares at the Gin for Cattle if he could I think Cattle much more profitable than horses in this flat countryHarris has made the following propositions about staying at the Gin and wishes you to write the contract and send him a copy, to wit if there is less than 100 head cows one third of the increase for his part over 100 and less than 200 one fourth 200 and upwards one fifth, for the horses one half the increase—the Hogs one half the increase—the improvement to be left in good repair he wishes nothing said about the Gin house as there is no prospect for much business at it, he is willing to take care of it etc if you think that proposition will do send him a copy of it as soon as convenient if the horses could be disposed of for Cattle I think it will do, Harris is a steady man and I think it better to keep him there you can get the Cattle Say upwards of 200 head it will be an object to him and a handsome income to you. I wish you would send Williams or some person to appraise the property there as soon as possible as delay will make it more difficult Harris will shew the Stock any time

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