[Transcript of letter from Emily M. Austin Bryan to Stephen F. Austin, December 20, 1823] Page: 2 of 4
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with Brothei*, I shall willingj[lyj give up every thing in this
cold climet— I wish you to write me word the best way for me to
move, I shall have but very little to take for what little house
hold goods I have I shall indeavour to convert into Money, but
when Brother Brown arrives we shall arrange matters as well as we
can; if Slaves can be taken into your Coloney I wish you to write
to Timothy M. Bryan respectting Sarah and her four Children I can
not bear the thoughts of parting with them I have writen to him
on the Suoject but have received no answer yet— I wish Brown to
come on as early as possable for I have not settled any accounts
as yet and their are a great mfa]ny to close yet, now that Unc&e
Austin is dead I have no one to do a thing for me and have to de-
pond intirely on my own judgement which is none of the best in the
world; I refur you to Eads and the Esq? for perticulars rela-
tive to my buisness and situation-- Next Summer will be the longest
that ever I spent for 0! how anxious am I to embrace my Dear Ste-
phen, and present to him my four Fatherless babes, they aften
taulk of their Uncles, and long for the time when they will gee
them-- I wish you to write to Aunt Austin, and give her your opin-
ion as tcjthe Country but do not for God Sake advise her to move
(altho I tnink it would be the best thing she could possably, dp,
for the Land that they live on is not pay'd for, neather can they
pay for it, they bearly reaise what provision does them from year
to year, she has eignt Children at home with her, besides Moses
and Elize, and three Negros two Women and a very fine man, Aunt
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