The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900

What Became of the Lively? 141
WHAT BECAME OF THE LIVELY?
LESTER G. BUGBEE.
About all that is popularly known of the Lively may be summed
up in the following quotation from Yoakum. Referring to the be-
ginning of Austin's colonization of Texas, he says: "Austin's means
were limited; but he found a friend in New Orleans, by whose lib-
erality he was greatly aided. Through J. L. Hawkins, the schooner
Lively was fitted out with the necessary provisions and implements
for a colony, and in November sailed for Matagorda bay with
eighteen emigrants on board. . . . . Austin sought along the
coast for the Lively, but she was never heard of more." The errors
in this quotation are shown by the Italics. I wish to emphasize
the statement, however, that it is far from my intention to find
fault with Yoakum and other writers who have followed him for
allowing the above inaccuracies to creep into their books. They
have recorded the story of the Lively as it was popularly known
among most of the old settlers. There is nothing in print, so far
as I know, that would have enabled them to correct such errors, and
some excuse may be offered for failing to seek documentary evi-
dence which they had no reason to believe was in existence. They
should have told us, however, that their information was derived
from rumor.
Moses Austin, it will be remembered, obtained permission from
the Spanish government of Mexico early in 1821 to settle three
hundred families on the Colorado and Brazos rivers, and after his
death his son was recognized by the governor of Texas as heir to the
grant. In the same year Stephen F. Austin explored the country,
selected the lands for his colony, and, in November, 1821, was in
New Orleans preparing to lead the first settlers into the new country.
As stated in the above extract from Yoakum, Austin was not
financially able to carry into execution his cherished plans. He was
not long, however, in finding friends who were willing to advance
the necessary money, and in November, 1821, he formed a partner-
ship in New Orleans, with Joseph H. Hawkins. It was Austin's
plan to enter Texas by way of Red River, Natchitoches, and the San

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