The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 348
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348 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
tion of colonizing the above province, in which they are willing to
recognize the authority of old Spain, provided that they are
allowed to live there quietly.
4th of June, 1818.
To the Editor: You are authorized to say that the French emi-
grants, who have formed an establishment on the Trinity river in
the province of Texas, are assembled there to the number of about
two hundred. That quiet reigns amongst them since the departure
of all who were discontented with an enterprise demanding labor
and perseverance; that the country they inhabit is admirably situa-
ted, that the land is very fertile; the neighboring Indians as well as
the Spanish government are neither jealous nor troubled with res-
pects to a colony which is purely agricultural, and wishes to present
to the party which shall be victorious in the present struggle, a ter-
ritory worth keeping and cultivated by men 'who have courageously
quitted the sword for the plow. You may add, sir, that the inde-
pendent Indian chiefs who inhabit the same country, have frater-
nized with the chief of the small French colony, 'and have made a
point 'of proving their hospitality by providing their friends, the
French, with the things most necessary for their subsistence.
Philadelphia, 11 of June, 1818.
Extracts from letters from the French Colony of Trinity River in
the Province of Texas.
We are established at the mouth of the Trinity River on the
Orcoquinas bluff, which is twenty feet above the river even now when
it is pretty high. On this plateau is a fine prairie, surrounded by
woods with here and there a group of trees, communicating with
what is known as Grand or Tolcositas Prairie, which is at least
fifteen miles from the south to the north and which stretches toward
the east as far as a bayou which communicates with Sabine Lake.
The soil is of the best quality, easy to work. We have around us a
wide stretch of land which promises the richest results to those
who are willing to work. There is game in quantity. There are
many wild cows, bulls and horses which can be easily caught. The
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