The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 237
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who was the responsible man, for at that time he was wealthy,
Bryan was not, and I had nothing-A part of the negroes were
for Bryan, the balance for my father, and Bryan authorized me
to Sign his name to the notes with my own; (for we had been
trading as Bryan & Austin) Should it be necessary. Butler re-
quested that I should do so, and I did so. When my Father and
Bryan failed owing to the failure of the Bank of St. Louis Suit
was commenced on these notes for a balance that remained due.
1 was absent in Arkansas and so was my father-Bryan took ad-
vantage of this and put in a plea on oath that I had no authority
to sign his name, which was false and did me no harm in public
opinion as my friends informed me-I did not go back there for
Bryan died about that time, and then things would only have
added new wounds to those which my Sister & Mother had so
recently received-I was also then about the Texas expidition of
colonizing which was agreed on at this time by my father and
myself-Butler harrassed me about this affair when we settled in
Texas, and I have paid him about eight thousand dollars includ-
ing interest-In his letters to me, and especially one dated the
20 of this month, he Speaks of that old affair in the most bar-
barous terms and the most insulting and abusive-I determined
to kill him, but was dissuaded from it by two friends Mr
Aaron Leggett1o a highly respectable gentleman of your city,
Should you ever see him can inform you as to these matters, for
he acted of his own accord as a friend to both of us to try and
Settle the difficulty-
I have never refused to Settle with Butler nor to convey to him
the three leagues and a labor, about thirteen thousand acres,
agreeably to our Settlement in 1833, or to leave it to men to
arbitrate on the contract-he wanted more land as he told Mr.
Leggett-in fact it is difficult to say what he wants, I have never
refused to give him his rights whatever they may be nor does he
Say that I have, nor deny the Settlement made in 1 [MS. torn]
He also has a note of mine for (1927.45) nineteen hundred
and twenty Seven dollars 45/100, which I gave him on Settle-
ment in 1828, and which I have paid in full to his agent James
Whitesides in Texas as his recipt Shows, which I presented to
Butler, but he retained the note and will not give it up to me-
loLeggett was in Mexico to press a claim against the Mexican government.
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