The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899

A Belated Colonist.

A BELATED COLONIST.
[The two following letters from Alex. Thomson to Stephen F. Austin
indicate some of the troubles experienced by colonists reaching Texas
subsequent to the decree of April 6, 1830, the eleventh article of which
forbade further immigration from the United States. The originals are
in the collection of Col. Guy M. Bryan.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.]
TENOXTITLAN, Novr. 13th 1830.
Respected Sir,
I am unacquainted with you personally, yet situated as I am, I
think it necessary, to address you, and apprise you of a considerable
difficulity, that now exist in the settlement of your colony, and the
others also, namely, the order from General Teran, to the Colo. at
Nacogdoches to suffer no person to pass, unless they have a passport,
I was not apprised of that order, and came there, I think on the 28
ultmo, the alcalde inform'd me when the families came into
town I must collect them all together, and present them, I done so,
then the Coll. sent for me, and inform'd me that he had the saturday
before recd the above mentioned order and could not consistent
with his order, let me pass, but as we were ignorant of the late law,
and as we had compleatly complyed with the Colonization Law, hav-
ing our certificates legally arraged, by the proper authorities, he
would venture to give five of us a permit to you, who he said was
authorised to give us pasports; but the families must remain until
our return, we had traveled better than 8 weeks, had spent a great
deal of money, and was much fatiuged, we could not feel willing to
remain in that part of the country on expences so long, we therefore
came round, which caus'd us to loose 21 days travel, we are now at
the barracks, at Mr. Williams, that is the families. We arrived
there last night, To-day I came up to the new garrison to, see the
commander here he says that he has recd the same order, and ad-
vises us to remain where we are, until he receives further orders in
answer to his letter that he had writen after Majr Robertson had
inform'd him that I was on the road, which answer he expected
would arrive in four days, mean-while he gave us permission to
explore the country, which we intend to do immediately-

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