Horatio Alsberry to Stephen F Austin, 06-29-1830

Summary: Introducing Don Gaspar Sais. Alarming rumors of the Government's intentions in Texas.

Comargo 29th June 1830

Dr Sir,

The bearer of this letter goes to New Orleans with letters from a Lady of this place to her husband one of the Expulsed Spaniards in which is enclosed a passport or certificate from Mexico that he is excepted from the law of twenty Eight with the intention of bringing him to the Brazos if not to Comargo He is a gentleman highly Esteemed, here by Every person by request of his wife I address you this letter requesting you as a friend to the distressed and oppressed that should your influence be necessary for the forwarding on of the Express or the protection of Don Gaspar Sais (Dicha Spaniard) should he come to Brazos, to use your influence in his behalf also if you see proper to write him a note promising your protection by the Express and by so doing procure a wealthy and respectable citizen in your Colony as she wishes to move on and join him in Septembre

yesterday arrived here above a hundred convicts destined for Texas condemned to three years labor on the public buildings that General Teran is going to Establish there (for vagrants) Report says here that you have notified the general that if he does not take immediate steps to establish a military force in Tejas that there will be revolution in Nacogdoches Also that eighteen thousand Spaniards have disembarked in Tejas and destroyed the Military force of that Department the latter however is not believed Several Companies of troops have and are starting on to that point and an officer yesterday told me that they were going to " Empinar " the Americans in Tejas " muy pronto " There is a great deal said of the Spanish Expedition this fall Also that Bustamente is determined to stop the emigration of Americans to Tejas and even expulse those that are there however Teran speaks highly of you and your colony but does not yet know when he will start for Tejas you will oblige me by contesting [answering] this

Horatio A. Alsberry

[Addressed]Al C. Esteban F. Austin En San Felipe Rio Brazos