The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 44
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
to James Gaines, Dr.
To 5 lb. powder.....................................$ 6.26
To 18 lb. lead .................................... 6.75
To 1 bottle whiskey 5/ ........................... .6 2
To 1 D D 5/ .................................. .62
During the next several years he was to remain up to form in
the political affairs of his section, in which his activities did not
always redound to his credit. In 1821 (October 27), he com-
plained in a letter to Governor Martinez that James Dill was not
qualified for the post commandancy at Nacogdoches, and that the
brother of Jos6 Angel Navarro of Bexar should succeed him.*16
An additional complaint was made by Gaines to Austin on Janu-
ary 5, 1822. Dill was arraigned as ignorant, unable to fill his
office because of a "Lack of Education and at the same time arbi-
trary in administration."117 These charges were gravely made,
and yet on the 31st of the same month, Dill wrote Martinez that
"Gaines and Edmund Kirk were surveying lands to which they
were not entitled."1s
Some two years later, on June 18, 1824, Gaines was on the de-
fensive regarding charges that he had misrepresented conditions
among the settlers at Nacogdoches with Berrimendi at San An-
tonio. In this letter to Austin, he denies the charges against him
and affirms his loyalty to the settlers, as well as his good will to-
ward Austin.119 At the same time, mention was made of some of
the bad characters on the Sabine, who would bear watching. In
reality Gaines was disgruntled because his services with Gutierrez
had not resulted in his securing much choice lands. He had cer-
tificates from this filibustering for four hundred and sixty-six
leagues of land and seems to have looked to Austin to see that he
secured it.120 On November 10th, 1824, Gaines wrote Austin that
"'Bexar Archives, University of Texas.
"11Barker, The Austin Papers, I, 560-561, as cited.
1,W. Allen, History of Nacogdoches, 1691-1880, Master of Arts thesis,
University of Texas, 1925.
"'Barker, The Austin Papers, I, 834-835, as cited.
"'James Gaines to Austin, November 10, 1824, in Barker, The Austin
Papers, I, 939, as cited.
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