Stephen F Austin to Samuel M Williams, 11-05-1833
Summary: Law of April 6, 1830, amended. Santa Anna favorable to Texas. Quarrel with Farias. Danger that Texas will be organized as a territory. Willingness to sacrifice self for Texas.
[From Williams Papers, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Tex.]
A number of cases occurred here during the Cholera of persons
who died, were taken to the grave and then came to life again—one
man, rolled up in a blanket was thrown into a pit with many others,
lime was first spread over them. It operated on this man so as to
stimulate him to life again—he got up and walked home. His
appearance there could not have caused a more sudden and agreable
surprise, than the sight of your letter of
The law repealing the 11 article of
I think that all the Texas matters will be satisfactorily arranged in a short time. I shall remain here as long as anything is undone,-— if there is a prospect of doing any good by it. I think something will be effected in the mail and customhouse arrangements. It is said that Zavala is to be minister of State, and some speak of Genl Mejia for the war department, I believe there will be a change of ministers in a few days.
I have had two interviews with the President Santana. He
speaks very friendly about Texas. I am of opinion that if you all
keep quiet and obey the state laws that the
substance of all Texas
wants will be granted. The appearance of things is much better
than it was a
Congress have repealed all laws that gave power to judges or civil
authority to enforce the collection of
diezmos, or to compel nuns
or monkes to remain in convents contrary to their will—so that it
is now a mere matter of conscience to pay tythes or stay in a convent,
several nuns are out already— the whole system as it existed is
undergoing a change desean tumbar lo gótico, y fabricar conforme
a lo moderno.
No 11 league grants can be had now for any price within reason—
I wish you to reflect on the awkward situation your affairs as well
as mine would have been left, if you had actually died—and try and
close them all so as to run no more risks for the future. Luke writes
that all will be content with sending the State question to the States.
This remark of his displays more common sense than was in the
fashion when I left. I got a letter from Coles the
acted under that influence—but
all is smooth again.
Dn Victor Blanco is a good friend—he rejoices much that you are
not a ghost, and wishes you to be very attentive to finish
all the titles
for which you are agent which I hope you will do and write to him.
I doubt whether I shall return now I will stay as long as
anything is to be done for the good of Texas. The sacrifice Luke speaks of (as a main thing) is with me a secondary affair. I would sacri-
Get the titles from Padilla (3 leagues) and make the transfers of
the Aguirrie tract for as they now stand your death would loose
them, as you will see by examining the subject. The tract that
Brown surveyed east of colorado I wish to keep and will not part
from at present. Also close the Cole business and in fact all other
matters and be ready for
anything that may happen.
My present opinion is that all will result fortunately (that is if you all keep quiet at home) but in these ticklish times, almost every day brings in unexpected change of some kind.
I fear much difficulty about the state from
one quarter, and I have
just been told that an effort would be made from that source to make
it a territory under the plan of the territories in the U. S. I replyed
that I should protest against it, and told the President so or rather
showed him my instructions on that point—besides this, there is no
constitutional power in congress to make it a territory. To be more
plain I am just now informed that Za. [Zavala] is in favor of a
territory tho he told me the reverse not two days since. I told him
I should protest against it. Since then he has not said anything to
me about it.
[Stephen F. Austin.]