The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 83
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The History of a Texas Slave Plantation, 1831-63
James Perry and William W. Hunter established a store at
San Felipe de Austin before Mr. Perry moved his family to
Texas. Austin wrote in December, 1830:
Your goods by the Nelson arrived safe John Austin came up
yesterday and has stored them all up. in good order- Nothing
will be opened untill Hunter arrives-I shall have to use some of
the nails to finish the store house- . . . The frame is up
so that the building will be all ready by the time Hunter arrives
he can get the goods up-15
Hunter reached San Felipe on January 12, 1831, and began the
business. The next day after his arrival, Hunter wrote to a mer-
chant in New Orleans:
This will inform you of my arrival in this place on yesterday
The country I am as well pleased with as I Calculated on being
I think the prospect pretty good for trade here there are but
few goods at this time they appear to bring a tolerable profit.
I have been somewhat disappointed in Consequence of my not
being able to get a house. I will not be able to get to Making
Sales So Soon on a/c of it, and Of course will not be able to do
quite as well as if I could have opened immediately.16
According to Austin Records, James F. Perry and his family
left Potosi, Missouri, on June 7, 1831, for Texas and arrived at
San Felipe de Austin on August 14.17 The family consisted of
Mrs. Perry, her six children-William Joel, Moses Austin, Guy
M., and Mary Bryan, and Stephen and Eliza Perry-and Perry's
niece Lavinia. Evidently they did not remain in San Felipe
long, for a note in the Texas Planter of November 16, 1853,
says that they moved in the winter of 1831 to Chocolate
Bayou in Brazoria County, and in 1832 removed to, Peach Point,
ten miles below Brazoria.s It was late in 1832 when Perry
moved to Peach Point, for he said in September, "I am now
living near the west end of Galveston Bay Near the head of
the tide on a small stream called Chocolate about 8 miles from
the bay. a verry pleasant situation and an excellent situation
"Austin to Perry, December 9, 1830. Austin Papers.
"Hunter to-[Merchant in New Orleans], January 13, 1831, Perry
and Hunter's Letter Book. Austin Papers.
'Moses Austin's Record. Austin Papers, Miscellaneous.
"Clipping from Texas Planter, Brazoria, November 16, 1853. Austin
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