The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 235
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I am, Sir, respectfully, Your obedient Servant,
HENRY MEIGS TO JOHN FORSYTH7
New York April 30 1835.
Dr Sir. I inclose the last Letter received from Col: Austin-
dated Mexico March 31. 1835.
I think it worth your perusal. I verily believe Austin to be an
honorable man--and that he is now persecuted by Selfish &
I pray you to protect him. He will be worthy of it and grate-
ful. I will thank you to return the Letter to me and also to use
the information it Contains So that it may not add to the difficul-
ties he Suffers So unjustly in that [blank] Country.
I am Your's truly. H,, Meigs.
The Hon: John Forsyth.
[Endorsed] Respectfully submitted to the Presidents inspec-
tion by [MS. illegible] Jn Forsyth Having perused the within,
return to the Department of State to remain on file-When
Col Butler arrives explanation to be asked of him A.J.5
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN TO HENRY MEIGS
H. Meigs Esqe Mexico March 31, 1835
Dr Sir, I am still here a prisoner on bail-I am now quite
unwell with an inflammation of the face produced by a decayed
toothe and in a bad situation for writing, and only to do so from
necessity to inform you, as I think it my duty to do that Col An-
thony Butler has become very bitter and vindictive against me,
and I believe he is the worst enemy I have in this Country.
The pretext for his hostility seems to be this-In 1828 he was
in Texas, and we settled an old business of my fathers and former
brother in law James Bryan. He treated me very harshly and
badly in that Settlement, and I made a sacrifice for the sake of
closing it-After it was closed and we were on friendly terms
again, an agreement was made between us for him to go to the
7Henry Meigs to John Forsyth, April So, 1835 (MS., Records of the Department
of State, Miscellaneous Letters Received, National Archives).
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