Stephen F Austin to Nathaniel Cox, 04-02-1833

Summary: Gratified at Cox's approval of his settlement with the Hawkins heirs. Thinks Texas will be separated from Coahuila.

San Felipe de Austin April 2d, 1833

Mr. N. Cox

Dr Sir. I reed, your esteemed favor of 1 ult. recommending Doctor Spaulding It will give me great pleasure to do any thing in my power to promote the views of the Docter. He stoped at Matagorda and I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing him.

It is highly gratifying to me that you and Mr. Sanders approve of my conduct in relation to the settlement of the business of our mutual friend J. H. Hawkins' estate.

After the many years of labor and hardships and perplexities I have undergone in this country by which I have secured a handsome fortune for the heirs, I was not prepared to receive censure from any of them, because I thought that I did not merit it. Edmund, I fear, received incorrect impressions from some persons who are unfriendly to me, but I think they are removed now and that he is very well satisfied.

It would be gratifying for me to receive assurances from Mr. Haws, and from Geo. N. Hawkins that they were satisfied with the settlement and with my conduct I have always viewed J. H. Hawkins more like a brother than any thing else. I am however well aware that it is very difficult for persons at a distance, who live in a well organised community to form a correct idea of the trouble, or labor, or difficulties of doing business in this country of the kind I have been engaged in.

Your approbation is very gratifying indeed for I prise your opinions very highly.

I am endeavoring to close all my affairs and totally withdraw myself from public matters or politics—it is not so easy to do, as at first appeard.

Our convention has met and will no doubt apply to the national congress for the admission of Texas into the mexican union as a State. I think the application will be granted. I believe it is very necessary to save this country from ruin. We are now able to sustain A State Govt, and no country ever required one more than this.

S. F. Austin [Rubric]