J Child to Stephen F Austin, 06-26-1825

Summary: Rapid emigration from Mississippi to Texas.

Natchez June 26, 1825

Col. Austin Dr sir.

The Bearer Mr. Francis Keller a respectable citizen of this State, visits your Colony with a view to make a permanent settlement for himself and family, if he should be pleased with the country.

Mr. Keller has resided at Woodville for the last 10 or 12 years— and justly merits the character he sustains—of an honest industrious citizen—Should he be able to procure lands in your settlement—on the Brassos—he intends removing with his family and property and connections soon enough to make a crop next year. His force will be no inconsiderable acquisition to the agricultural interests of the Colony. Mr. Keller is a countryman of the Baron de Bastrop—I think you may afford to grant him a choice reserve— on account of the strength and capital he will add to the country.

Remember me to your brother—and tell him there will be a plenty of plump girls— in the Arms of God—los Brassos de Dios [The Brazos River] by next spring. I see most of the respectable travelers who are passing to the Brassos both as they go out and return— They for the most part come back highly pleased—Teizer, Wood Hurd Thompson &c are delighted with the soil and climate—as well as the growing prospects—hastening the future importance of these delightful regions.

God preserve you 1,000 years

J. Child

Col Austin

I wish I was out of this sickly country, and well settled among you

J. C.