[Transcript of letter from David Porter to Stephen F. Austin, April 10, 1829] Page: 2 of 3
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you may be of great assistance to me as no doubt you are
acquainted with both those persons and may be able to remove
any scruples they may entertain.x
If I succeed I shall make Thompson my agent, and shall ask
the favor of you to give him such information as to your system
as will enable him to progress in setling the grant. There
is no doubt that mjst of the foreign affairs in the Marine
will retire from it so soon as I do, as there is no prospect
of its restoration, and from what I can learn I am Induced
to bel^4e they will direct their attention to St Texas either
in the way of com^^^or as colonists, and I doubt not now
an intercourse is open with this place, that they will soon
enable you to get clear of all your surplus produc^a^
There can be no better marked in the world for your cattle
Hogs corn Butter Lard and etc an every thing of this kind is
prohibited, therefore you will not have to compete with em-
portations from abroad. „
I observe that your letter was stamped with <7
postage, as as the same may be done with this through the
ignorance and perhaps intention of the Post Masters, I send
you a copy of a letter from the Minister of 7^*^ and
Marine which you can show to the Post master in order that
he may not charge you postage now or hereafter. I ahxHx&xxe
this §X*H, at leant I expect so, in about 10 days ^
U. S. Thompson has also 4^^*^ leave of absence and it is pro-
bable he will leave here about the same time for Texas- Knot
any communication you may wish to make to me pleaee to direct
to the z care of Messrs. Boles and Treat in this place and they
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