Stephen F Austin to Samuel M. Williams, 08-14-1833

Summary: Hopeful that reforms will be granted Texas. Mail system. Premonitory symptoms of cholera.

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

Mexico Augt. 14 1833

Dr Sir,

I know not whether I am writing to a living or a dead man, for I have never heard whether you have returned, or are on earth, or under it. I hope the former.

I think that a little patience will put all Texas matters on a solid basis. I believe the 11 article of the law of 6 April 1830 will soon be repealed. The State question must take the round of the other states as the constitution prescribes. It was my duty to sustain the ground taken in the memorial and I did so to the last, but that question is decided and it must go the round.

By this mail the newspapers go on to all the Ayuntamtos free of cost. I have applied for a mail from Nacogdoches to Sabinas and from Matamoros to Goliad and from San Felipe to Brazoria and Liberty. The subject of aduana and derecho is also under consideration. You will not forget that the titles for my 11 sitios must be finished before October or they will all be lost.

The cholera is very bad here, and so far as the premonitory simptons extend, I am now in a fair way to get rid of Texas and all of her troubles. Farewell

S. F. Austin

S. M. Williams.