Stephen F Austin to John Davis Bradburn, 12-30-1831

Summary: Protest against policy of Government in hampering trade; asks explanation. Caution necessary.

Brazoria Decr 30th 1831,

My dear Sir

I embrace the opportunity by Mr. Treat to drop you a line, I am very anxious to see you but that is impracticable at present. The state of things in Texas is I fear rather critical, and such as to require very great prudence on the part of the public Officers and especially in the military and revenue departments. The revenue regulations made by Fisher, as to their views are utterly impracticable and their execution is impossible. The Officer at the mouth of the River has done his duty, so far as it was possible, I found that a Flame was Kindling which if not checked would very soon have removed the guard from this River and it would then have spread and soon reached Anahuac and Mr. Fisher. The conse- quences you can imagine. You know your native countrymen and you also know that at this time the people in Texas have just causes and very many of them to complain. In this state of things, I wrote to the officer at the mouth of the River and told him what the true state of things was. My advise is to let this River alone and let things go on as they now are, and as I indicated in my letter to Domínguez, I cannot understand the policy that is pursued as to Texas if you understand it I wish you would explain it to me. This is no time for ambiguity, for it will require all our management united to keep things quiet unless a more Liberal System is adopted towards the people. As we are now situated the country will be totally broken up and all commerce totally annihilated. Is that the object of the Government—if it is I wish to know it. This Govt never had a firmer friend than I have been, do I merit or does the people of my colony merit to be shut out from the whole world and have all their commerce destroyed. I think not.

Please let me hear from you on this subject.

S. F. Austin

Col Juan D Bradburn A Copy

[On margin:] A Copy of Col S F Austins Letter to Col Juan D Bradburn