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here again it is highly doubtful whether this provision had any
practical results, for no school existed in Austin's Colony for
several years after 1824.
It appears that in 1825 Austin attempted to obtain the estab-
lishment of a state school in his colony. In a letter written to
him in June of that year, Juan Antonio Padilla stated, evidently
in reply to Austin's inquiries on the subject, that the government
was greatly interested in schools at that time. Padilla requested
that Austin submit definite proposals and expressed his willing-
ness to cooperate. Nothing resulted from this correspondence,
however, and there is no further reference to this project.
The following year Austin entered into a correspondence with
J. F. Buchetti, a Mexican, in regard to Buchetti's intention
of coming to the American settlements as a curate and teacher.
In anticipation of his arrival, Buchetti advised Austin to procure
a number of books, including catechisms, hymnbooks, an ec-
clesiastical history, Spanish-English dictionaries, etc.' Nothing
was done to fulfill this request.
A year later Buchetti, still in Mexico, wrote to one of the
American settlers that he had renounced the idea of coming
north as curate but instead would come solely as teacher.
He [Austin] told me that he would be glad that I would go thither to
establish a Spanish school, that he had solicited a Spanish master for
that purpose in the United States, and could obtain none, [but] that at
his [a teacher's] arrival, he will try to form a school to justify a teacher.5
Austin's sincerity may have been open to question; but it is
generally agreed that, at least in these early years, he was eager
to strengthen the ties binding his settlers to their adopted
country." Buchetti actually did arrive in Texas. He taught
3Austin Papers, I, 1117-1118. M. A. Hatcher has declared that this letter
was written in 1829, but is undoubtedly in error on this point. Quarterly
of Texas State Historical Association, XII, 235.
4Buchetti to Austin, April 29, 1826. Austin Papers, I, 1310.
5Buchetti to Williams, November 8, 1827. Ibid., I, 1709.
Austin's oft-repeated motto was "Fidelity and Loyalty to Mexico." He
"possessed the faculty, rare in Americans of any time, and in his own day
almost unknown, of sympathy with an alien race, and willingness and ability
to adapt himself to its national mannerisms and insensibilities ....
(During the period 1823-1831), he was honestly loyal to Mexico; grateful
for its liberality; and with all his knowledge of its deficiencies, hopeful-
at least until 1832-for the evolution of a stable, intelligent, and powerful
government. He did not want to annex Texas to the United States." E. C.
Barker, Life of Stephen F. Austin, 281, 266-267.
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