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both wrote to Austin insisting that he or Samuel M. Williams, the
secretary of Austin's colony, be present in B6jar when the affair
should come up.1
All at once the whole matter seems to have been satisfactorily
adjusted; for it is no longer referred to in the correspondence be-
tween the principals, and De Witt, uninjured, again appeared at
the Lavaca.2 The settlement was probably effected through Aus-
tin's influence. He had been appealed to at every turn in the
quarrel; and, in view of the Fredonian insurrection then taking
place at Nacogdoches, he was especially desirous of maintaining
mutual confidence between the colonists and the central govern-
ment.3 In this he was successful, for throughout the whole trouble
between De Witt and De Le6n there was never one complaint made
by the parties to the quarrel against the authorities. The political
chief was spoken of as "our good and honorable friend." Through
Austin's influence, a delegation, of which Kerr was a member, was
sent from the colony to remonstrate with the Fredonians of Ed-
ward's colony,' and when, early in 1827, the government called for
help against these revolutionists Kerr, supported apparently by the
sympathy of all the colonists, was one of the first to respond.5
1 Kerr to Austin, November 11, 1826 (Austin Papers, class P, no. 1);
De Witt to Austin and Williams (Austin Papers, class E, no. 59).
SThree permits granted to settlers by him at the station are dated De-
cember 13, 1826 (Brown, History of Texas, I 128).
8Kerr to Austin, November 12, 1826. Austin Papers, class P, no. 1.
*Brown, History of Texas, I 138.
6Kerr to Austin, January 24, 1827. Austin Papers, class F, no. 1.
It was no doubt due to Austin's influence that soon after the adjustment
of these difficulties the people of De Witt's colony met and drew up the
following resolutions (Ibid.) :
"At a meeting of the people of De Witt's Colony at the establishment
on the La Vaca (notice having been given for that purpose) Mr. Byrd
Lockhart was called to the chair, and James Norton Esq. was chosen
Secretary, when the following resolutions were read and unanimously
"1st. Resolved.-that the people of this colony came to, and settled in
the Mexican Nation, by the benign influence of her laws:-that as
adopted children [they] have full confidence and faith in the equity,
justice and liberality in the Federal and State Governments of their new
"2d. Resolved, that their great object in leaving their parent country,
and migrating hither, was not for the purpose of unsheathing the sword
of Insurrection, war, bloodshed, and desolation, but as peaceable and in-
dustrious subjects, to cultivate and inhabit the bounteous domain so lib-
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