Stephen F Austin to Thomas F McKinney, 01-16-1836
Summary: Advises declaration of independence
This will be delivered by my friend Dr Richardson a gentleman of sterling worth and high standing as a physician. I refer you to the Dr. for information about the public opinion in this country as to the affairs of Texas. There is but one sentiment all over the U. S. which is in favor of Texas and of an immediate declaration of independence We have negotiated a loan on the terms of the enclosed contract
This was obtained on the belief that Texas would declare independence
I wish I was there to urge it. I would do so by every means in my power.
A number of vessels are fitting out in Vera Cruz and Tampico heavily
armed— Santanna was at Saltillo some time ago and is probably at Matamoros before this— A storm is brewing, but it will be harmless if the
people are united and come out at once for independence.
There is no news of Williams, God knows what has become of him—
My health is much improved. I wish it had been as good in Texas—it
might have been of service to the country if it had— There must be union
unanimously, in favor of independence.
Yours—S. F. A.
Years will not relieve Texas from the evils produced by that
legislature—this mob I fear is a paragraph in the long chapter of evils which
the acts of that legislature has entailed on Texas.