The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 57
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favor the movement in any way that will bring good people to
Guy M. Bryan.
P. S. The Oyster Creek Country is where my brother Austin
lived when you were here. I can get there and in that vicinity
for two, three and five dollars per acre, 20,000 and more in a
body, a splendid locality for a colony, 40 miles from Galveston
with direct water communication to this city-five or six miles
from the coast and healthful and free from yellow fever, plenty
of timber and prairie and rich land-none better. But to effect
this requires judgment and money-and the people must be in-
dustrious, willing to adapt themselves to the changes from an old
to a comparatively new country and new climate. If Mr. Tall-
madge has tact, business capacity and the other requisites, he can
here build up a colony of which he will be proud and I will help
him with my advice.
BRYAN TO HAYES
Galveston, Jan 26th '77.
Col. H. B. Andrews "Vice President, & Gen'l Manager of the
Galveston, Colorado & San Antonio Rail Road"; (a road now
completed to San Antonio, connecting at Houston with all the
roads of the U. S.) has promised me to give Mr Talmadge the ap-
pointment of immigration agent for said road upon presenting
to him recommendations from you.
I would prefer the course I indicated in my last letter to you
if acceptable & practicable, viz. to purchase lands in the country
on the lower Brazos & Colorado, & settle thereon colonies of 10,
15, 20 or more families. The advantage of this mode of settle-
ment would be to give the persons immigrating society and asso-
ciations that would satisfy them until they could become ac-
quainted &c. I do not mean by this that they would not be
friendly received &c by the present settlers, but being strangers
they would not feel as comfortable or satisfied as they would if
they had old acquaintances of similar habits, thoughts & feelings
around them. This road to San Antonio runs through Fort Bend,
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