The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 87
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Land Speculation as a Cause of the Texas Revolution. 87
left the matter to take its course, pursuing, however, the policy in-
News now arrived that troops were marching toward Mon-
clova, and there was a hasty exodus of the Texans and other lobby-
ists. Williams arrived at Bexar June 32 and Peebles and Johnson
reached San Felipe a few days behind him. Williams, as we have
already seen, had acquired with John Durst a hundred and twenty-
four leagues under the law of March 14, 1835, and apparently de-
voted himself principally to the sale of that grant, while Peebles
and Johnson assumed the task of disposing of the four hundred
leagues in which all three were interested. A hundred and twenty-
one leagues of the Williams and Durst grant, as has already been
shown, were soon sold, and Peebles and Johnson worked with equal
celerity. By August 20, certificates had been issued -to forty-one
persons for the full four hundred leagues. Fifteen of the certifi-
cates were issued by Johnson and the remaining twenty-six by
Peebles. They merely state that Citizen So and So 'has volun-
tarily entered the service of the state of Coahuila and Texas as a
soldier for the term of one year, and Williams, Peebles, and John-
son are by their contract authorized to receive his enlistment and
designate a portion of the vacant land as a reward for the services
which he will render, therefore they give their consent for him
to select for himself such land as he likes-usually ten leagues
of it.'" Their contract to place a thousand men in the field was
3. The Effect of the Speculations Upon the Texans.
The large grants of 1834 appear not to have attracted particular
attention in Texas, but the deals of 1835-especially under the
law of March 14-aroused great indignation. Little authority ap-
pears, however, for the statement frequently met with in the his-
tories of Texas, that the legislature thought the separation of Coa-
huila and Texas imminent and determined to plunder the latter
while there was yet time. The earliest expression of this theory is
'Johnson's autobiography (MS.).
2Angel Navarro to Juan Zenteno, June 4, 1835, Bexar Archives; John-
son's Autobiography (MS.).
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