[Transcript of letter from David Porter to Stephen F. Austin, April 10, 1829] Page: 1 of 3
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Vera Cruz.p 10th /29
My Dear Sir/ ^ ^
I huve received your esteemed favor of the &&t5- of
February and to return you cy sincere thanks yem for the
very interesting information it contains.
The aCmi^t which Captn Thompson gave of your
colony and the country, on his return, was the most flatering,
^ and I was allmost induced before the receipt of your letter to
apply for & tract of land in the Texan but was t a loss how
to apply or where to locate it, your letter has removed all
difficulties and I now take the liberty to inclose you a
memarlal to the governor of the State, which includes a copy
of RKX one "Jiich I shall send to the President, either this
^ mail or the next— I beg you to give the Memorial to the Govern-
or its proper course in order th;*t it may reach him.
The government of this Ctate at the instance of the Genl
Government h^s given to me a grant of land on the Cuasa&ualjp),
and I am now, on the point of sending an agent to take possess-
sion of it-- It is the largest grant that can be given, and I
believe .is 12 & l(agm-.s Square, it is given in consideration
of the sacrifices I made when I entered their services, and can-
not in any way interfere with, or be an obstacle to my obtain-
ing a grant in the Texas. The only difficulty I aprehend is
the obtaining it in the reserved limits, I fe^-.r there may be
some objections on that ground, but as the Genl Govt will ar;k
(", an informe of the Governor of the ^t^te, or of ti e Commanding .
general, and perhaps of both, if they can be induced to give
a favorable one, thus I shall ^^^but not otherwise— In this
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