[Transcript of letter from Emily M. Austin Bryan to Stephen F. Austin, December 20, 1823] Page: 3 of 4
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intends to adminester her self, and their can be sufficent col-
lected to pay every debt that the estate ows; she feals hurt that
you have never writen to Uncle, when you have wrote to so many of
your ac<T.naintences, I could of told her the reason, or at least
what I expected; out I never did, and as Uncles is now dead, and,
she has nothing to expect from George Hammond write her a long
and Friendly letter representing the Local advantages of the
Country and if she thinks propper to move, she can act fat? her
pleasure as to G. H. JP.9 is all gone to naught, neglected and dis-
pised, but I think is truly sorry for his treatment to our Poor
Father he lives on a fgrant of C?T Hammondf^s4 Farm/and works
very .hard, tne old nas become quite a toper like a great many
others poor enough— I think if you were to write to your Friend
Sarn^l Perry, pl^naps he might be induced to move also, for he has
lately killed a man which I am told has had a very sevear effect
on his mind, and I think will render the mines hatefull to him,
but Rsq^ Andrews will tell you all about it—it is a long story--
if you should visit New Orleans tnis winter you will meet Mary
Roney, as she is with her Eusoand, and Mr Honey inted/running up
Red River untill Spring, he commands the Dolphin, and is making
monay very fast-- Aotner is at RerculaneCuPm and was well when I
heard from ner, her health is much as usal, this cold climet does
not agree with her if her precious life is only prolonged untill
we move to Texas I think we may be blessd in her Society for many
year, but she often says that she will never see you or Texas, but
expects to lay her bones oeside those of Father; she devotes all
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