The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 163
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The Release of Stephen F. Austin from Prison. 163
Arriving at the latter place, he encountered a new, and unex-
pected difficulty, from the Commandant of the military there, who
peremptorily informed him that he could not yet be permitted to
leave the country. That officer persisting in his arbitrary posi-
tion, Genl. Austin made a visit to the President Sant Anna, who
was then at his Hacienda about five leagues distant from Vera
Cruz, and representing to him the obstruction offered to his de-
parture, obtained from him a peremptory order to the Comman-
dant, to permit his free egress from the country.
This difficulty being removed, he immediately went on board a
vessel bound for N. Orleans where he arrived some time about the
10th of August-and where, happening to be myself at the time I
had the pleasure of meeting him.
I can not conclude this account without bearing testimony to
the extraordinary patience and forbearance with which he en-
dured the long delays-vexations and sufferings which attended
him during his stay in Mexico. He seemed, by a great effort to
have formed his mind to the necessity of his condition, in so much
that during all the time I spent with him, which was near four
months, I do not remember to have heard him use an intemperate
expression of any kind with respect to any person or circumstance
connected with his imprisonment. As I was in the habit of visit-
ing him in prison, daily, I had the best opportunity of observing
the amiable character of his disposition-as well as his unex-
ampled patience and fortitude.
From what I have here written hastily and imperfectly I hope
you will be able to extract enough for-the purpose you have in
Yr Obt Servt.
P. W. Grayson.
M. B. Lamar.
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