The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 86
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86 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
one acre of land or were in any way interested in the pur-
chase of said land." A natural inference to be drawn from this
statement would be that they got no land at all, which, of course,
is untrue. To save Johnson's veracity, therefore, the possible ex-
planation presents itself that no money passed in this deal, and that
the contractors viewed themselves merely as empresarios, who were
to get their premium by selling the lands to militia men.
Johnson's own account of his presence at Monclova upon this oc-
casion is interesting, but throws little additional light on the land
speculations. He says: "Desiring to be present and witness the
proceedings of the State Congress, Johnson, with Samuel M Wil-
liams, Doctor Robert Peebles, Major Benjamin F. Smith, Colonel
Green DeWitt, together with some Mexican scouts, left in the latter
part of 1834 for the seat of government, Monclova, where they ar-
rived in the early part of 1835. . . . [Here] we found Col-
onel Benjamin R. Milam, 'Thomas J. Chambers, W. H. Steel,
Haden Edwards, Jr., James Carter, and many other colonists.
Here Johnson first made the acquaintance of Doctor James Grant,
of Parras, Coahuila, who was a delegate, Doctor John Cameron,
Messrs. Alney and Newlands; also that of David J. Toler, a most
estimable gentleman. . . . General John T. Mason, of the
United States, arrived about this time for the purpose of having
confirmed a sale made by the Legislature or executive the year
"Among the most important acts of this Congress was a decree
authorizing the appointment of commissioners for Texas. . . .
Under the decree George A. Nixon, George W. Smyth, and Charles
S. Taylor, were appointed for Eastern Texas; Colonel Talbot
Chambers, for Milam's Colony; Doctor Robert Peebles, for Austin
and Williams' upper Colony; and Johnson for Austin and DeWitt's
colony. Bowie was appointed commissioner for General Mason's
purchase. The State Treasury then being empty, the executive was
authorized to sell a large quantity of the public lands of the State
tc meet the current wants of the government; and another decree
[was passed] placing at the disposal of the governor four hundred
leagues for frontier defense and protection. These acts gave great
offence to the Federal authorities, and the Congress declared them
null and void. To this, the state authorities simply protested, and
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