The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 173
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General John Thomson Mason.
The letter gives the careful father's wishes as to the plan of studies
to be pursued. He apologizes for not having sooner attended to
this matter; for, though a day had not passed since he left home
on which he had not given thought to the subject, yet, he says,
"there are so many circumstances, important and trivial, that con-
trol us in the preparation for and in the prosecution of a long
journey, that I have found myself constantly drawn to immediate
demands on my time in exclusion of matters of greater interest,
not directly in view." In concluding his letter, General Mason
adds: "My journey so far has been most tedious and uncom-
fortable. Torrents of rain have fallen for three weeks, and de-
tained me that time at this place. I progress tomorrow over a
country literally inundated." A letter from his son was addressed
to General Mason at "Leonavicario, Mattamoras," dated April 16.
At this time, as is seen by a letter to General Mason from Stephen
F. Austin, the company's agent was following out his instructions
by interviews with Austin and efforts to gain his co-operation and
San Felipe de Austin, April 17, 1833.
I went to the village to see you, but you had started. I wished
to have had a long conversation on the subject you mehtioned the
evening before and to have stated some alterations which I expected
would be made in the colonization law. In the Bexar remonstrance
they requested that the law might be changed so as to admit of
sales by the settlers before the land was actually cultivated by the
grantee in its totality, as the old law required. By the last mail
I received a letter from Madero stating that they were then at
work on a new colonization law that would supply all the defects
and vacancies of the old law. Your ideas as I understand them
in relation to myself are incorrect, that is if you think I have any
unfriendly feelings as to the company. I am peculiarly situated.
Your opinion of the want of moral principle in our community is
wrong in the general, but it is unfortunately correct to a consid-
erable extent. The multitude are easily misled, and there are many
who wish to ruin me and will not stop at any means to do it. You
have seen and heard enough to be convinced of this. If we can get a
State Government, the company can make those colonizing contracts
profitable, that is if the law of 6 April is repealed and Madero
writes that it certainly will be by or before June. But without
a State Government I do not believe that anything will be valuable
in Texas. I think the country will be lost in anarchy and it will
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