Stephen F. Austin Letters, 1832-1836 | East Texas Research Center
Primary Creator: Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller) (1793-1836)
Extent: 1.0 Folders
Date Acquired: 00/00/1946
Subjects: Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836 -- Correspondence, Government lending -- Texas, Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836 -- Sources, Texas -- Politics and government -- 1835-1836
Stephen Fuller Austin seems an unlikely man to carry the title of "the father of Texas." In an age of a volatile frontier where men fought battles destined to be immortalized in history, Austin acted as a peacekeeper and was regularly away at crucial times waging a war of words. A man devoted to the concept of family and steadfastly loyal to his relatives, Austin was never to marry.
Austin's entire life and energies were consumed by the flame of his passion for Texas. A few months before his untimely death on December 27, 1836, at the age of 43, Austin wrote "The prosperity of Texas has been the object of my labors, the idol of my existence-it has assumed the character of a religion, for the guidance of my thoughts and actions, for fifteen years." The traveling peacekeeper, free from his burdens, was finally able to find rest in the soil of his beloved Texas.
(Linda Cheves Nicklas, Steen Library Newsletter. Fall, 1987).
Access Restrictions: Open for research.
Acquisition Method: Gift & Purchase
Related Materials: Austin, Stephen F. Establishing Austin’s colony: the first book printed in Texas, with the laws, orders and contracts of colonization. Austin: Pemberton Press, 1970. ETRC KFT1655.Z9 A814 1970
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May 22, 1832 - Austin to Samuel M. Williams (owner of mercantile firm which helped finance the Texas Revolution)
April 19, 1833 - Austin to his brother-in-law and sister, the Perrys
April 20, 1833 - Austin to his brother-in-law, James F. Perry
December 17, 1835 - Austin to James F. Perry; December 18, 1835 Austin to James F. Perry (continuation of Dec. 17, 1835 letter)
January 11, 1836 - Texian Loan Certificate signed by Austin.