The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 462
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are the work of an immature writer whose education was obvi-
ously far from complete." However, as a member of the foremost
family of Texas (he was a nephew of Stephen F. Austin) and
one who saw at first-hand many of the exciting events of this
dramatic era in Texas history, Moses Austin Bryan was in a posi-
tion to write letters of more than passing interest. He succeeded
in doing so. They contain commentaries on the political events
which seemed most important to him at the time he wrote and
on what people in Texas were thinking and doing, as well as
family news. They are the work of an astute observer who had
a keen interest in what was going on around him and who
evidently appreciated the fact that history was being made where
The first four letters, dated in 1834, were written while Bryan
was living in San Felipe, collecting the debts of his stepfather,
James F. Perry, and of the business firms in which Perry had
been a partner. The next letter was written in September, 1835,
from his stepfather's Peach Point Plantation, near Brazoria. The
outbreak, a little more than two weeks later, of the war which
would lead to Texas' independence appears to have halted the
correspondence for a time. Bryan probably found himself too
busy or preoccupied to write to Hunter. In October the young
Texan joined his uncle, then commander of the Texas volun-
teer army, and served as his secretary until Austin left for the
United States on a diplomatic mission in December. After the
Mexican offensive opened early in 1836, Bryan enlisted in the
army which was forming under Sam Houston. He was at San
Jacinto as an aide-de-camp to Thomas J. Rusk and acted as
interpreter in the interview between generals Houston and
Santa Anna after the decisive battle. After his uncle's return
from the United States in the summer of 1836, Bryan again
assisted him with his correspondence. On November 15, 1836,
while he was serving as Austin's secretary at the temporary
capital of Columbia, Bryan wrote his last letter to Hunter.
Bryan's grammar and spelling have been retained, but changes have been made
in his punctuation to make the letters more readily understandable. Periods have
been inserted where required and have been substituted for commas and certain
indefinite marks where the periods seemed more appropriate.
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