The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 177
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De Witt's Colony.
Town of Gonzales, July 9, 1831.
To the empresario Green De Witt in order that he may inform
me by writing if the petitioner is the true owner of the certificate
which he presents, if this certificate is legitimate, if what he says
in his petition is true, and especially if the land he desires is en-
tirely vacant and included within the limits of his colony, adding
anything else that it may seem well to mention.
Gonzales, July 9, 1831.
Mr. Commissioner :
In view of your above request I reply that the petitioner is the
true owner of the certificate that he encloses in his petition as col-
onist introduced in virtue of my contract and in accordance with
the law. Therefore, I consider him worthy of the favor that he
begs, the land he desires being vacant and included within the
limits of my colony. GREEN DE WITT.
Let the title of ownership be extended to him in order that by
means of it he may possess and enjoy the land according to law.
And I hereby so provide, command, and approve by my signature.
Josti ANTONIO NAVARRO.
In the above-mentioned town of Gonzales on the tenth day of
the month of July, one thonsand eight hundred and thirty-one,
I, Jose Antonio Navarro, special commissioner of the supreme
government of the state of Coahuila and Texas to distribute and
give possession of vacant lands in the colony contracted for by the
empresario, Green De Witt, with the said supreme government, in
accordance with the document which precedes and in view of the
fact that Squire Burns has been received as a colonist under the col-
onization contract mentioned above, as is attested by the preceding
report of the empresario, and because the said Squire Burns has
shown that he is single and because he himself fulfills the require-
ments which the state colonization law of March 24, 1825, pro-
vides; in conformity with the aforesaid law, the contract, the in-
structions dated September 4, 1827, by which I am governed, and
the commission conferred upon me by the most excellent governor
of the state in his order of January 20 of the current year of 1831,
in the name of the same state concede, grant, and give real, ac-
tual, corporal, and virtual possession of one-fourth of a sitio of land
to the said Squire Burns, which land, having been measured by the
expert surveyor, Byrd Lockhart, previously appointed in legal
form, is situated and bounded as follows: [Here are given the
The above-mentioned land which by the said field notes ap-
pears to to the surveyor to be pasture lands, with three labors of
temporales, I, the aforesaid commissioner, in the exercise of the
power which the law gives me and in faithful accordance with
my knowledge and understanding, characterize and classify in con-
formity with [the opinion of] said surveyor.
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