Stephen F Austin to James F Perry, 02-24-1833
Summary: Concerning purchase of a slave for $600.
Hunter has a very valuable mulatto man, he wants to sell him asks six hundred dollars I think him very cheap and if you have any means in Missouri or can make any trade with Hunter to get him I think he would suit you very well— he is a slave for life as he was brought into the country by old Best before the time for bringing them in expired-— he would suit you very well indeed— perhaps you can make some arrangement to get him, try and do it—
I am sorry you have lost so many goods I think that farming or planting is much the safest business in the country.
I will be down in a few days