Stephen F Austin to Samuel M Williams, 05-09-1833

Summary: Inhabitants agree substantially with sentiments of convention, but will not support the petition. Gin for Seguin.

[From Williams Papers, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Tex.]

Bexar May 9 1833

Dr Sir,

The legislature adjourned on the last of april and Madero will soon be on (as he says in a letter to a person in this place). I wrote to him from here and informed [him] that you would be at home the last of this month, by which time I think he will be on.

I owe something to Don Erasmo [Seguin]—he refused to receive pay for the time my brother staid here, and I have always staid here in my visits to Bexar and he never would receive pay—he has planted cotton and wants a gin. I wish you to make arrangements to get one for him on my account—not of the largest size, a strong gin of the common kind would suit him better than any other for it would be easier kept in order. I wish you to write to him on the subject.

The people here agree in substance with the rest of Texas but differ as to the manner, and will express no opinion for, nor against.

I leave tomorrow for Goliad and Matamoros, the whole country here is inundated by excessive floods of rain. The indians have killed two men within the last two days—one within three leagues up Salado the other at Arroyo Hondo beyond Medina.

S. F. Austin [Rubric]

S. M. Williams