Stephen F. Austin to Samuel M. Williams, 04-01-1835

Summary: Civil war threatened. Texas must not participate. Instructions concerning fees claimed by government in first colony

April 1. 1835

There seems to be a prospect of another civil war— I hope' the Legislature will keep calm and prudent— That state can have no influence in such a thing

Let them keep peace at home and stop the disputes with SaltilloTexas, as a matter of course, will take no part, whatever, even if it should be called on by the State Govt to do so—but I hope it will not be called on—it ought not to be—

In my last I said that I was told the representation of that legislature had been favourably dispatched, and so I was, but I do not know whether the information was correct or not—so say nothing about it— Try and get the question finally settled about the pretended claim to fees in my first colony of 300 families that was set up— That colony was under the national law of 1823, and the State law of 1825 has nothing to do with it— you can get this settled with the Govor. by a declaration that no fees are due as that colony was not subject to the law of 1825— Attend to this without fail and immediately, and all other matters of interest to me

last mail I sent you an order on Dr. Grant for 200 Dolls, which he owes on a draft from Parrott, in 1833 which I sent him by John Erwin, but never recd. the money

There has been no change in my situation. I am still on bail, and no prospect of any change soon—

Keep clear of civil wars—

[Stephen F. Austin]

[To Samuel M. Williams, Monclova]