The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 456
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that the govt must notice if they hear of it-Tell the captain through
the pilot to put the powder overboard and the arms, if he has any.
If it was paid for by subscription, the loss will be light on each
one, by this means you save your vessel and will prevent an order
to prohibit powder-if nothing had been said about it no notice
would be taken of the matter, but to boast of it as Wallace did
in New Orleans & McKinstre did in various places (as I have been
told) was the greatest folly.
If there is anything of the kind no talk must be made about it-
This thing must not get to Bradburn's ears-he is the friend, and
the sincere friend of his countrymen, but he is an honorable man,
and as such will do his duty as an officer of this nation at all hazards,
as any honorable man ought and would do.
Reflect calmly about this thing, and do not let a few hundred
dollars be in the way of the general good and permanent interests
of the country-nor in any way of your own individual interests-put
this cursed powder out of the way.
I shall start in a week for Matamoras
Yours truly S. F. AUSTIN
CHARLES G. SAYRE TO STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, BRAZORIA, FEBRUARY 7, 1882
DEAR SIR: BRAZORIA 7 February 18gs.
Yours of 6th. inst is before me, and am not a little surprised at
its contents. You certainly approved of our sending for the powder
and I can truly say that I am not sorry that it was done, and the
powder is now safely stored in our little town. The Nelson has not,
to my knowledge, one keg of powder on board nor arms for this
place, and the laughing ones can laugh at themselves.
I know no cause why I should order the Nelson out of this trade
she always thus far, has complied with the laws of the country. If
the Nelson or myself are to be held accountable for the many false
reports that are circulating, I think it would be best for every man
of character to leave with all possible dispatch. As to Teran and
Bradburn I hope they are all you represent them to be. The Nelson
is hourly expected, and I hope no trouble will grow out of any
reports that are in circulation. I have sent a letter to the mouth
of the river ordering her in, and shall use all prudent means to
prevent any difficulty. CHARLES G. SAYRE
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