The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 82
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gradually rises a little untill the timber commences is generally
a clay land. and looks poor much appearences of craw fish. al-
though the land looks unproductive there is emence coats of fine
Grass growing on it and affords emence pasturage for Stock of
all kind. from where the Timber commences on the Brasos the
Bottom [s] of the Brassos are heavily timbered as far up as I
have yet been say for one to six and eight miles on each side of
the river and in some places wider the timber consists of live
oak Large quantities of it black oak Red Oak post oak white oak
pecan ash mulberry Ellam cottonwood and sundry other not recol-
lected the undergrowth is wild peach [and] sasafras.9
Austin wrote Mrs. Perry on May 15 that Mr. Perry liked the
location.10 Perry evidently made arrangements with Austin to
superintend the preparations of the new home. Austin was
anxious and willing to prepare his sister's home, because of his
desire to have her and her children near him. Austin wrote
that they should get passports from James W. Breedlove, Vice-
Consul for Mexico at New Orleans. In the same letter he re-
ported the Steam Saw Mill in successful operation."1 On July 4,
1830, Austin wrote, "I have engaged bricks and shingles etc to
put a house in this place for you to winter in and will have it
ready, and a store room-'12 But the building plans for the
Perry home did not go smoothly. Austin wrote in September:
I have no house up nor under way- . . . The Steam Mill
did not get under way as soon as was expected and has broken
down several times and done but little- I am now contracting
with a carpenter to put up a frame store in this place and will
try to have it ready by the time Hunter arrives-"' . . . the
place where I originally intended to settle all my family is at
peach point below Brazoria, on the Sea Shore prairie at the edge
of the timber 6 miles from sea beach-
I am expecting instructions as to the introduction of negroes,
and as I have now no hope of seeing you this fall there will be
time enough to send them to you before I leave here for Saltillo.14
'Perry's Note Book, March 21, 1830, to April 8, 1830. Austin Papers,
s1S. F. Austin to Emily Perry, May 16, 1830. Austin Papers.
'S. F. Austin to Jas. F. Perry, June 15, 1830. Austin Papers.
'Austin to Perry, July 4, 1830. Austin Papers.
"SA reference to William W. Hunter, Perry's commercial partner.
"4Austin to Perry, September 22, 1830. Austin Papers. Austin was a
member of the State Congress, which met at Saltillo.
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