The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 379
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Recollections of Stephen F. Austin
not at that time sign these papers-"Well," says he, "I won't
sign them." I immediately went out and told the bearer, Dr.
Archer, that General Austin by the advice of his friends would
not at that time sign papers of so, much importance as to com-
promise his whole estate. The Doctor remarked "It is no more
than I have done. I have compromised my whole estate, and he
must either sign or relinquish his interest."
I told General Austin of his words, and observed that I was
sure no pecuniary object had induced him to enter the associa-
tion. "Let them draw out the relinquishment" was his only
reply, for he was very weak, and conversed apparently with effort.
This relinquishment he signed that same day-he got much worse
The following morning (Monday) I sent for Mr. Perry. In
the afternoon Dr. Levi Jones and Dr. Leger (one an American
the other a French Physician) held a consultation and differed-
they referred to me. Dr. Jones wished to administer an Emetic,
which Dr. Leger opposed. Dr. Jones observed, that if he did not
take it he would die in two hours. He was so exhausted, that
his strength failed him when he wanted to throw up the phlegm.
Dr. Leger replied, that the exertion, if the Emetic should be
given, would kill him, but did not suggest any way to get rid
of the phlegm, which momentarily increased the difficulty of his
respiration. In this situation I had no alternative,-if he did
not take the Emetic, he would certainly die, although his life
might, by not taking it, last a few hours more. I therefore re-
quested Dr. Jbnes to give him the Emetic and whilst it was pre-
paring Dr. Leger observed to me "You are right. I have changed
my opinion within the last few minutes-it is now his only
They commenced with ipecac, which failed to produce any
other effect than to make him strain and weaken himself still
more-they then gave him Tartar Emetic, which had the desired
effect. He breathed easier but his strength was almost entirely
gone. The Doctors were very anxious that he should get a little
sleep, but he passed the night without closing his eyes for a
moment. He would at times leave his bed and sit on a chair
with his arms resting on a small table before him, with his head
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