James Norton to Stephen F. Austin, 10-15-1825
Summary: Intention to move to Texas. Abusive publications against Austin.
Since my first acquaintance with you in this city, I have had
the desire to emigrate to your colony; but circumstances of a private
nature, and some pecuniary embarrassments, have hitherto precluded
it. Moreover, not having, had the pleasure of an interview, or
even of correspondence with you, I have been deterred by
have always denounced as falsehood and detraction. Capt. Zepeniah
Butler, with whom I went to the river Brassos, has expressed his
wish to become a citizen, from the just motives, which have ever
I perceive however, not withstanding your justice, and judgement in managing the local affairs of your colony, some difficulties will arise among the evil disposed, which being transported into other communities abroad, tend, (though but partially) I hope, (to injure your rising prosperity), and that of your great, and arduous undertaking.
I mean, if possible, to visit
I forbear to write any thing relative to the abusive and vindictive
publications of a certain individual, as the papers containing them
will be handed to you by Capt. J. T. Field, who is the bearer of this:
they are relative to the abuse of the
Buen gobierno del establecimiento.