Stephen F Austin to James F Perry, 06-16-1830

Summary: Instructions for shipping goods to Texas. Rumors in Mexico that United States will take Texas by force of arms. Anxious to close his public business and rest.

Dr Brother

I returned from Bexar in much better health than when you left here— There appears to be some clouds hanging over this country, tho I apprehend nothing from them, and my opinion as to your removal here is the same as when you left. If you come by land write to Breedlove for a passport and state the number of your family. The law requires all persons to bring passports and it should be done because it is the law.

The custom house officer of Galveston has fixed his office for the present at the mouth of the Brasos river—vessels must be cleared out for Galveston, and if you send a vessel from Philadelphia clear out for Galveston and not for the Brasos but come to the B. if you wish from Phia you can get debenture allowed, but in new Orleans you cannot

They have some very erroneous ideas in Mexico relative to Texas, but I think that a few months will convince them of their error— The last dates from Mexico says that the united States of the north are about to send a large army to take this country by force etc, etc. how they should entertain an idea that the U S. is unfriendly I can not conceive—

All kinds of provisions and lumber are free and no duties will be collected untill after November as I informed you when here—

Poor James died before I returned from Bexar and I did not see him—

I am making final arrangements to close all my business this fall and winter, and prepare myself to spend my time in a retired and quiet manner with you—

I was very well received at Bexar and all things stand well with the State authorities— They wish me in Bexar to go to the Legislature but I have refused— The fact is that unless I can take some rest I shall not live much longer for I am nearly worn down— for nine years since I came to Texas, my mind has had no rest, nothing to releave it from continued cares and anxieties— I have felt towards all the settlers as tho. they were all my relations, Some of them have not merited the anxiety I have suffered for them I have been a faithful servant of this Govt, and have performed much important service for it— wheither I shall receive thanks, or abuse, is doubtful, Poinsett has left an impression in Mexico which has reduced the North American character to a low grade there.— I do not pretend to say that he has done right, or wrong, for I know nothing about his conduct-— he has certainly been the most unfortunate minister that was ever sent to any Govt.

Gen Teran has not yet left Matamoros and the news of the Spanish invasion will probably prevent his coming on.

Every thing is peace and quietness in Texas and so likely to remain.

Col Milam says that the roads are good for a carriage all the way to Nachitochs and he advises you to remove by that route— it will be a very long and tedious journey, but you and Emily must decide, inform me which route you will take so that I may provide the nessery matters for you—- I have an idea of puting up a House in this place which will do for you to winter in— The Steam Saw mill is in operation and works well

A new Commissioner will be on shortly and I shall soon complete all the titles— Did you call on the Comte at Nacogdoches and how did he treat you. Inform me wheither you intend sending out goods from Pa. it will be best to land them in the Brasos, I think, tho if the vessel is large she must come into Galveston I expect your best plan will be to ship them to Orleans and thence to this country. I will write by every opportunity, both to Potosi and to Philadelphia to the care of Price and Morgan

Tell all the emigrants to call on Breedlove for a passport, because the law makes it necessary—

remember me to the children, I have received several letters from you of old date since you left and one from Emily. I saw Sam Browne yesterday, he is in very good health, but I had not time to Say more than how do you do, to him for it was mail day—

S. F. Austin [Rubric]

June 16 1830