Stephen F. Austin Letters, 1832-1836 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

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ID: A/123

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

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The letters in this small collection were written by Stephen Fuller Austin during trips to Mexico which were undertaken on behalf of the Texas colonists in an attempt to work out differences between the settlers and the Mexican government. The letters are addressed to Samuel M. Williams, a business associate of Austin, and Austin's sister and brother-in-law, Emily Austin Bryan Perry and James Franklin Perry, who were all living in or near San Felipe de Austin, Texas. All the letters except the one to Samuel M. Williams are included in THE AUSTIN PAPERS. Included with the letters is an original Texian Loan Certificate signed by Austin.

Collection Historical Note

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).

Subject/Index Terms

Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836 -- Correspondence
Government lending -- Texas
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836 -- Sources
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1835-1836

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

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.


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