The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 179
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De Witt's Colony.
A TITLE TO LAND SECURED DIRECTLY FROM THE GOVERNMENT.1
Most excellent Sir:
I, Sarah Seely, wife of Green De Witt, with a family of six
children, with all due respect and in the best form of law, present
the following statement: in the year 1826 I arrived in this country
with my above mentioned family from the state of Missouri, one
of the United States of the North. Since the said year, 1826, until
now I have dwelt on a sitio of land, chosen by my husband, on the
right bank of the Guadalupe River, opposite the town of Gonzales.
My husband, before mentioned, has made improvements such as
houses and out buildings for the family and has opened a rather
large farm. The family has suffered much in consequence of being
in an unpopulated country on the frontier, through exposure to
the incursions of the savage Indians, and for want of supplies.
For these reasons and also because my husband, the said Green
De Witt, finds himself much embarrassed in his affairs on account
of the enterprise that he has undertaken, and because of other cir-
cumstances which have placed the family in an unfortunate sit-
uation, I, the petitioner, with a view to acquiring and preserving
a secure estate for the maintenance of myself and children, humbly
beg your excellency to have the kindness to concede to me and my
children in fee simple for myself and my heirs the sitio of land
above mentioned on which I now live, with the understanding that
all the requirements of the law in the matter will be fulfilled.
Therefore I ask and beg that you be so kind as to favor me by
doing as above stated. SARAH SEELY.
Gonzales, September 11, 1830.
[Then follow endorsements of the petition by Stephen F.
Austin and Samuel M. Williams. De Witt then adds that this has
been done with his knowledge and consent, that at the time of
their marriage his wife had possessed considerable property which
he had since spent, and that, as he had no other means of recom-
pense, he had given her all the improvements on the land, and he
now hoped that the government would ooncede her the land.]
Leona Vicario, February 15, 1831.
In accordance with the provisions of the State colonization law
of March 24, 1825, and in virtue of the foregoing report, I grant
the petitioner the sitio of land for which she asks, either in the
place which she indicates or in any other that may be more desir-
able, provided that it be entirely vacant and that no corporation
or person holds any title to it. The commissioner for the distri-
bution of lands of the grant in which is located that asked for by
1Titles to Special Grants, 30-35.
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