Henry Austin to James F Perry, 07-28-1834

Summary: Reports from Mexico that Santa Anna will release Austin. Forsyth's pressure for same purpose in Washington.

Brazoria 28 July '34

Mr J F Perry

My dear Sir My letters by the last arrival give me strong hopes that Stephen will soon be with us—Mr Stone late consul from Veracruz whom I know writes to my friend and old copartner when in Veracruz now consul in New York that he pas'd a day with Santa Ana before he left for Mexico that he spoke without reserve of Texas and Col Austin said the people of Texas had been shamefully villifyd that he was certain they had no intention to revolt—that Col Austin had been cruelly and maliciously treated, that he should liberate him on his arrival and make him all the reperation in his power—that he would see the people of Texas protected in their rights and property and much more to the same purpose,—

On the arrival of the June Packet the Mexican minister then at Philadelphia wrote to the Consul in New York saying he was informed of the intention of the president to liberate Col A and wished to know if he the consul had received by the packet any certain accounts of its having been carried into effect-—but the letter by the packet from Dale Parrot & Co were silent about him, altho they had never failed to mention him in former letters, had any evil befallen him it would certainly have been mentioned, the presumption is that he was free and off.

Great excitement existed in the U S on the subject, Meigs says "Brother Forsyth of the Senate used all his influence to bring the influence of the Govt to bear on the subject"—

I want much to come and see you and Cousin Emily, but my daughter Hennrietta is sick and I ought to have been home today— I shall move to Montpelier within a week if no new disaster occurs

My best regards to Emily

H Austin [Rubric]

[Addressed:] Mr. J F Perry Peach Point