The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 176
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
A TITLE TO LAND SECURED UNDER THE EMPRESARIO SYSTEM.1
I, the citizen GREEN DE WITT, empresario for the introduc-
tion of immigrant foreigners into the colony which the supreme
government of the state of Coahuila and Texas has assigned to
me by the contract entered into between the said government and
the said De Witt, certify:
That Squire Burns is one of the colonists whom I have intro-
duced in virtue of my contract above mentioned; that he arrived
in this colony on the 15 day of the month of August of the year
1826; that he is single and his family consists of one persons,
according to the signed statement that he has presented to me;
and that he says he has taken before alcalde2 the oath pro-
vided for by article three of the state colonization law.3
I give this certificate to the above-mentioned Squire Burns to
present to the commissioner, named by the government to distrib-
ute lands and issue titles, as a testimony that he comes under my
This document shall be null if it appears that the statement
made by the person concerned is false in any particular, or if be-
fore receiving his title of possession he leaves the colony to settle
in some other locality.
GREEN DE WITT.
Town of Gonzales, 4 of May 1830.
Mr. Commissioner :
I, Squire Burns, a native of the United States of the North, ap-
pear before you observing the formalities of the law, saying: that
I am one of the individuals admitted by the empresario, Greuen
De Witt, to settle, in accordance with the state colonization law,
upon lands in his colony, as will be shown by the certificate which
I enclose; that I am single; and that I have not yet received the
title to the land which belongs to me as a colonist. I therefore beg
you that in the exercise of your functions you put me in posses-
sion of a quarter of a sitio of land, which is entirely vacant and
is located on the north-east bank of the Guadalupe River, about a
mile below the Anastasio crossing, by which justice will be done
me. SQUIRE BURNS.
Gonzales, July 9, 1831.
1Titles, De Witt's Contract, 359-362. In this first document the por-
tions underlined are those inserted into the printed form.
a See page 99.
'Evidently this reference is to article 3 of the instructions to commis-
sioners issued September 4, 1827.
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