The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 324
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the 279 who received titles from Steele. It has not been con-
tested by the state and we will not investigate the point.33
An objection was raised in the trial to counting a single man
in favor of the petitioner. The law promised five leagues and
five labors for each one hundred families introduced. Of the two
hundred and seventy-nine titles issued by Steele, one hundred
and eight were to single men. On this joint the judge decided:
We are of the opinion that for every 3 titles issued to single
men, the empresario is equitably entitled to the premium al-
lowed for a head of a family. - According to the prescribed pro-
portion, the premium for these would be the amount allowed for
the settlement of 36 families; reducing 108 from 279, and adding
36 to the remainder would make the sum of 207, the whole of
the families being 307, for which the appellee is entitled to his
Although the court awarded Robertson the premium lands for
the three hundred and seven families, a doubt seemed to exist as
to whether one hundred of them should have been counted for
Robertson, namely, the hundred claimed to have been introduced
before April 6, 1830. According to the records of the land office,
the one hundred families were not issued titles to land before
April 6, 1830." If the hundred people were really there on
April 6, 1830, there were only three things for them to do. In
the first place, they might have left the colony and entered an-
other colony; in the second place, they might have remained and
received titles to their land from Austin and Williams; finally,
if they had received no title from Austin and Williams, they
could have obtained their title to land from Robertson during
1834 or 1835. If they received titles to land in 1834 and 1835,
they were counted for those years and therefore should not have
been counted as a hundred before April 6, 1830. If they were
actually introduced and if they did remain and receive titles to
land, they were counted twice for Robertson when he was granted
his premium lands. The number of titles granted then by Rob-
ertson should be 207 instead of 307. As Robertson's contract
called for 800, he was, at best, only partially successful in ful-
filling his obligations.
3"The Texas Reports; Cases adjudged in the supreme Court during
December Term, 1847, II, 27-29.
4Ibid., II, 29.
"Abstract of Original Titles of Record.
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