James Kerr to Stephen F. Austin, 11-12-1826
Summary: Trouble with De Leon.
Madam Trudeau, Mr. William Smith, and Mr. Wightman set off
There is a kind of french Doctor who came pasinger on the escambia and who it seems assumes the province of a Mexican officer, and who has exercised greate pomp, dictatorial ship here—he sets up a Claim against powell the owner of the Cargo, for $9,000 and alledges Robery against the Capt. of the vessel etc
It has been through this Doctor that all this trouble has come on us this how[ev]er is my Opinion, and I am farther of the Opinion that the Sd. D. is and has been acting under a bribe etc by some of our neighbours.
My Dear Colo If there has been any threats Made by any of the Settlers here I am yet Ignorant of them. I can not believe now that any other than, if wantonly, and Out rageously attacked by the Indians or by Delion, as he threatened they would defend themselves etc But no threat that has Came to my knowledge ever was made against the Govt
I am now fateagued and must close etc
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