The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 234
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Grant and have expected to recover it before this time. His arrest
is against my interest.
This claim is mine. not as attorney &c for others.
It would be doing Austin and me Service if you could com-
municate on the Subject of his case, with our Representative at
It is well known that Austin is not only an enterprising & brave
man but incapable of dishonorable acts. There are persons who
would profit by destroying him and enjoying the fruits of his hard
earned Lands &c.
Will you think of it as Soon as may be and act according to
your own opinion.-
I am Yrs truly. H,, Meigs,
Hon. John Forsyth.'
[Endorsed] With Mr Forsyth's letter of 19. May.
THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO ANTHONY BUTLER5
No 70. Department of State,
Washington, 26. May, 1834.
Anthony Butler, Esquire, Charge d'Affaires of the United States,
Sir: It has been represented to this Department that Colonel
Stephen Austin of Texas has been arrested by the Mexican Gov-
ernment and that his life is in jeopardy. Many citizens of the
United States being greatly interested in both his safety and his
freedom, I would thank you to interpose your personal good
office, towards obtaining his release and Securing him from fur-
ther molestation, So far as you can do So without in any manner
allowing it to be understood that it is the wish or the intention
of this government to interfere with the administration of justice
in Mexico or with any of the peculiarly local concerns of that
'Forsyth, then a United States senator from Georgia, was a brother-in-law of
Meigs. He became secretary of state in June, 1834.
sThe Secretary of State to Anthony Butler, May 26, 1834 (MS., Records of the
Department of State, Instructions to Mexico, XV, National Archives).
e6Forsyth was informed by the secretary of state on May 26, 1834, of the dispatch
of this instruction. (MS., Records of the Department of State, Domestic Letters,
XXVI, National Archives). A copy of this note was sent by Meigs, to whom it
had been furnished by Forsyth, presumably, to Austin, on May 30o, 1834, from New
York. Barker (ed.), Austin Papers, II, 1056-1057.
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