The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 12
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
lands. The governor assented to the location of the town on the
site of the old mission provided that the buildings be sold at
auction and the owners of the land be indemnified.2 The owners
of the land were to be received by Power and lHewetson as colonists
and to be granted one league and one labor of land within the
mission territory. In addition the empresarios were to furnish
each of these families or single persons a yoke of oxen and farming
implements. They were to be the property of the individual as
long as he occupied the land.
When Vidaurri, the commissioner, began issuing titles to the
Power and HIewetson colonists, the ayuntamiento of Goliad inter-
rupted him on the pretext that it had not been presented with the
instructions under which he worked, and also that he had interfered
with the property of citizens of Goliad." The governor promptly
instructed the ayuntamiento that it had 1no right to interfere with
a commissioner appointed by the government. Thereupon the com-
missioner resumed the issuing of titles and continued to do so
during the year 1834.
In the same year the empresarios received permission from the
government to admit citizens of England, Germany, and North
America in lieu of the same number of Irish families proposed in
the contract. 4 The request was readily granted since Article 11
of the Law of April 6, 1830, forbidding the entrance of citizens of
the United States had been repealed by 1834.
Before the expiration of the contract, Power obtained an ex-
tension of three years."5 In the colony nearly two hundred titles
to land were issued before the Congress of the Republic of Texas
declared all public lands to be the property of the state." Even
though nearly two hundred titles were issued, two hundred
families were not introduced, because a large number of the titles
were to single men, some were for augmentations of previous
grants, and in some cases in all probability the settlers did not
occl(py the land as the law required. The facts do not warrant
the claim that Power and IIewetson fulfilled their contract.
3'Gammel Lairs of Texas, 1. 185.
"An Abstract of the Orioanal Titles of Rcord in the General Lund
Offic e. 67-75.
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