Stephen F Austin to Henry Austin, 10-14-1830
Summary: Discouraged by confusion in State government. Thinks territorial government for Texas might improve conditions.
Extracts. Letter from S. F. Austin to Henry Austin. [Copy.]
San Felipe de Austin,
I find on examination of my letters which came in my absence that things are quite at sixes and sevens both at Saltillo and Bexar— party spirit runs high and the former place is rather a hot bed particularly for a member of the Legislature. The Govr Viesca has offered his resignation ... I hear that Teran is expected on to Bexar or La Bahia soon—
Under the present prospect I think it quite doubtfull whether anything can be done with the canal business— I fear that nothing can be obtained from the Legislature that will tend to promote the prosperity of Texas— Should we become a Territory perhaps some- thing may be done towards raising funds for the Canal—
One of the Texas members has been suspended, the other not but so far as I can judge there is a very great excitement, and nothing like union or harmony amongst the officers of Govt., and the people at Saltillo ...
I shall never be content until I am clear of all kind of public business and can concentrate all my affairs to my farm house—
Farewell, I hope you may have a calm run to the U. S.—it is
more than I expect to have for the next two years, and God knows
whether I shall ever see much quiet— our Govt affairs are so
continually in an uproar, and so very changeable that it will give
me trouble placed as I am, tho' I think it will not materially retard
the advancement of this country—