The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 114
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over, the crops were all still in the field, and the year's produce
alone stood between many of them and starvation. Kerr, there-
fore, September 13, carried to Bejar a petition, signed by fifteen
of the colonists, setting forth the state of affairs and asking for
more time.1 Accordingly, on September 28, the time was ex-
tended to December 1.2
In spite of this concession, the colonists felt considerably irri-
tated at being moved about so unceremoniously. Some of them
threatened to go back to the "States" and others to Austin's colony.3
Another petition from De Witt to Governor Viesca, extended the
time for removal through the first six months of 1888.4 But by
December 17 the settlement on the Lavaca had been abandoned.5
Meanwhile Gonzales had begun to flourish again. By the early
part of 1827 some of the people who had fled to the Colorado the
year before had returned. Together with new colonists who had
joined them they erected blockhouses,0 and, profiting by their un-
fortunate experience of the year before, they constructed a small
fort in which to take refuge in case of an Indian attack.7 This
little settlement on the Guadalupe was now augmented by the ar-
rival of the families from the Lavaca.8
V. The Organization of the Colony.
From this time on the colony grew rapidly, and its organization
affords an excellent example of the development of Mexican local
institutions in an Anglo-American settlement.
During the next three years more than the required one hun-
1De Witt to political chief, September 13, 1827. Appendix to Empre-
sario Contracts, II 182.
2 Political chief to De Witt, September 28, 1827. Appendix to Empre-
sario Contracts, II 183.
8 Kerr to baucedo, October 18, 1827. Bexar Archives.
'Viesca to political chief, November 17, 1827. Appendix to Empre-
sario Contracts, II 192-193.
* Anastacio Bustamante to political chief, December 23, 1827. Bexar
SDe Witt to Austin, April 3, 1827. Austin Papers, class P, no. 1.
SDe Witt to political chief, undated. Bexar Archives.
" It was not long after the union of the two settlements that the census
given as appendix VII was taken. This is the only census of the colony
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