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parts of which Mr. Dooley" explained in a letter to me. At the
time of my sojourn in Texas the feeling of the 'Texan people and
government, stemming from a certain jealousy, was so little favor-
able to the rights of the Society to the grant that there was danger
that the Society might lose its rights through judicial process since
the contractual stipulations, especially about the number of set-
tlers to be introduced, could offer a welcome pretext and appar-
ently just foundation for such a decision.
Evidently that former feeling has changed in recent months
through the cessation or at least strong cutting down of the
Society's activities, since through this retrenchment the people
became conscious of the great material benefit which had come
to the whole western part of Texas through the existence of the
Society's undertaking. That very favorable law is to be regarded
as the product of the former large pecuniary sacrifices of the
Society, and only the use of rights acquired by the Society through
this law grants the Society the opportunity not only to regain the
formerly made outlays but also to realize even yet the advantages
which had in the beginning been hoped for.
DR. FERD. ROEMER.
8M. A. Dooley was the first district judge in Comal County and later a member
of the Texas Legislature.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed September 23, 2014.