Notes and Documents
On June 13, 1823, the Congress of the Republic of Mexico
acknowledged the indebtedness of the country to the members
of the Magee-Gutierrez Expedition. The revolutionary junta in
San Antonio had made official Gutierrez's promise of a league
of land and forty dollars a month to each member. During 1824
and 1825, there was a great scurrying around by survivors, col-
lecting proofs of service. James Gaines inserted an advertisement
in the Natchitoches Courier calling on members to come for-
ward.17 George Orr had a blank power of attorney drawn, in
Spanish, naming him agent to collect money or to receive land
titles.'" Aylett C. Buckner made a trip of over three hundred
miles to verify the rumor and learned that it was well-founded.'9
Judge Murry Bullard and others were collecting documents.20
As far as can be ascertained, only Orr got his papers before a
Mexican official. In December, 1826, his papers were sent to
Stephen F. Austin to be forwarded to Orr with the statement that
Comandant General Anastacio Bustamente had decided that the
law did not apply in his case.21
While a number of the survivors eventually returned to Texas,
they seem to have come under auspices other than those of the
Mexican government. Josiah Taylor returned as a settler under
impressario Green DeWitt.22 Buckner apparently settled in Texas
before Austin's colony was established but became one of Austin's
"Old Three Hundred" settlers.23 Hall purchased land in 1830-
1831.24 A. W. McClain returned to Texas in 1821 as a member
of Austin's first colony26 and William McLane (or McClain) re-
turned to San Antonio in 1854.26
17Eugene C. Barker (ed.), The Austin Papers (Vols. I and II, Annual Report of
the American Historical Association for the Years 1919 and 1922, Washington, 1924,
1928; Vol. III, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1926), II, Pt. 1, 1346.
22County Records (DeWitt County Courthouse, Cuero, Texas).
23Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin, 1949), 262.
24The Texas Almanac, z857 (Galveston, 1856), 42.
25Frank W. Johnson (Eugene C. Barker and Ernest William Winkler, eds.),
The History of Texas and Texans (5 vols.; Chicago, 1914), 1146.
26McLane, Irene Viesca, frontispiece.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed March 31, 2015.