Stephen F Austin to Thomas F McKinney, 01-16-1836

Summary: Advises declaration of independence

New Orleans, Jan 16. 1836

T. F. McKinny,

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 in March—it could not have been had otherwise. The accounts from Vera Cruz and Tampico are that the federal party have united with Santanna against Texas— This of course leaves us but one remidy, which is an immediate declaration of independence— I hope it will be unanimous— 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 and harmony and we must all go together, unanimously, in favor of independence.

Send this to to Perry and Grayson— Love to the ladies.

Yours—S. F. A.

Jan. 17. I have just heard that there was a mob at San Felipe headed by Mosely Baker— Such a rumor has injured us here— What has that man to do with Texas, or what claims has he to confidence that he should have influence to raise a mob. Shame to Texas that such things should be— God poured upon Texas his most bitter wrath, when he suffered the last Monclova Legislature (of most infamous memory) to meet at all. 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.

[Addressed:] Mr. Thos. F. McKinny Quintana Mouth of Brazos Texas