The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 142
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sentinels seems faithfully to have performed its duty, for no land
was secured from De Witt by colonists who entered Texas after that
De Witt had introduced less than half the number of families for
which he had contracted.2 The greater portion of the lands in-
cluded in his grant was still vacant and had therefore reverted to
the government. This land was now at the disposal of any empre-
sario to whom the government might choose to grant it.
Some years previous the empresario De Le6n, through Manchola
as agent, had asked that there be added to his grant a strip of land
immediately northwest of the La Bahia-Nacogdoches road, one
league wide and extending from the Lavaca River to Coleta Creek."
This had been conceded April 30, 1829.4 It will be remembered
that the whole of De Le6n's first grant, which lay southeast of the
La Bahia-Nacogdoches road, was included within the land that had
been given to De Witt.6 Manchola's contract covered a considerable
portion of the remainder. But as De Witt's colonists were then few
in number, and were clustered around the little settlement at Gon-
zales, no opposition had been offered until the next year, when De
Le6n attempted to remove twenty-five of De Witt's families who had
settled on this additional grant.6 Navarro protested, claiming the
land for De Witt, and in reply the governor annulled Manchola's
grant, May, 1831.7 De Witt's contract, however, had expired, and
the political chief in communicating the governor's decision to
Navarro declared that the only limitation it really placed upon
1 For date of arrival of De Witt's colonists, see appendix 1.
SOne hundred and sixty-six titles had been issued. De Witt had re-
ceived premium lands for only one hundred families. He was in Mon-
clova seeking to secure a proportionate premium for the other sixty-six
when he died, May 18, 1835 (Brown, History of Texas, I 341).
'April 13, 1829 (Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, 69-
SDe Le6n to political chief, May 26, 1832. Bexar Archives. De Le6n's
first contract had called for forty-one Mexican families. He now con-
tracted for one hundred and fifty additional families.
5 See above, p. 108.
OMusquiz to Navarro, July 21, 1831 (Appendix to Empresario Contracts,
II 243) ; De Le6n to Musquiz, August 16, 1830 (ibid., 12).
'Letter from Letona, May 2, 1831 (Record of Translations Empresario
Contracts, 69-70) copied by Musquiz, June 7, 1831 (Appendix to Em-
presario Contracts, II 242) ; Ram6n Musquiz to governor, June 2, 1831
(ibid., IV 20).
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