The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 80
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80 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
much furniture as you think a light wagon can haul from
Although the plan of the Austin brothers did not materialize,
this is the beginning of the Perry interest in Texas. For the
next trace of Mrs. Bryan is a letter2 from Solomon R. Bolin,
telling of her marriage to James Franklin Perry at Hazel Run,
September 23, 1824.3 Mrs. Moses Austin died before she could
make her trip to Texas.
Stephen Austin still desired that his sister should make her
home in Texas. This desire increased after he became accustomed
to her marriage and saw the opportunity for wealth in Texas.
He was unwilling for them to make the move, however, until
Mr. Perry had inspected the country for himself. By 1827 he
was advising a visit to Texas, saying, "I shall expect you in
October next without fail.'4 Perry did not make the tour of
inspection, and Austin became more urgent as he saw the as-
sured future for Texas. At the end of 1829 he wrote that he
had petitioned "the Govt. of the State for eleven Leagues of land
for you on Galveston Bay, within Six or seven Miles of Galveston
harbor, if the half of that is granted it will be a fortune."
There is a fine opportunity here for a good Merchant, and a
regular trading schooner to ship produce such as corn, lard, etc.
to Tampico and Vera Cruz would make money rapidly- There
is considerable cotton made and some sugar- Beef Tallow, pork,
Lard, Mules, etc.
The 11 Leagues I have petitioned for will cost you about $1000
including everything, and you will be allowed 4, 5, and 6 years
to pay a part of that in and the balance can be settled by me
easily. . . . Try and bring some of the breeds of English
cattle, nature never made a better place for stock than the land
I have asked for you-oysters and fish and fowls at your door
etc the latitude is about 29 --10'-it is about 80 miles from this
place [San Felipe de Austin]. . . . Bring all your capital.5
In this same letter Austin instructed Perry to indenture his
'Memorandum for my brother, May 4, 1824. Austin Papers, Miscel-
'Solomon R. Bolin to Stephen F. Austin, December 5, 1824. Austin
'Moses Austin's Record. Austin Papers.
4S. F. Austin to J. F. Perry, May 26, 1827. Austin Papers.
'S. F. Austin to J. F. and E. Perry, December 12, 1829. Austin Papers.
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