The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 13
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Empreario Contracts for the Colonization of Texas
The McMullen and McGloin Colony
John McMullen and James McGloin, natives of Ireland but
residents of Matamoras. petitioned the legislature of the state of
Coahila and TexLaa in August, 1828, for the territory which had
in October, 1825, been granted to John Purnell and Benjamin
Drake Lovell."7 One of the partners c the earlier enterprise,
Purnell, had been drowned just as b.e was boarding a vessel to go
to Texas. Lovell, the remaining partn-er, asked the government to
release him from the contract, in order that McMullen and
McGloin might obtain the territory."
Lovell's resignation was accepted and a contract made with
McMullen and McGloin in August, 1828, for the introduction of
two hundred families within the following boundaries:
Beginning on the left bank of the river Nueces, at its inter-
section with the boundary line of the Ten Coast Border Leagues
of the Gulf of Mexico, exempted by the law of August 18, 1824,
which must not be encroached upon, thenc, with the said boundary
line to a point, Ten Leagues distant, (Southwardly) from the
Presidio de La Bahia del Espiritu Santo (Goliad) thence on a
straight line, to the confluence of the river Medina with the San
Antomno, thence with said river, on its right bank, to the point
where it is crossed b)y the old road, which leads from Bexar to the
Presidio of Rio Grande, thence with said road to the river Nueces,
and thence with said river downwards on its left bank to place of
The colony established by McMullen and McGloin was known
as the Irish colony and had as its leading town, San Patricio or
Hibernia." By the Law ,,of April 6, 1830, the contract for the
colony was considered suspended.4 In January, 1834, the em-
presarios obtained an (,xtenn::ion of their contract, for four years.42
Colonization began anew, bat in this colony settlers were not intro-
duc-d : Easti as in the other Irish c.luny, that of Power and
"T']'ranslation-; of Emp esario, Contracit. fl.
'Holley. Teras, 115; Orign.al 'Tito., to Lvdc! granted in McMullen and
McGCloin's Colony, Vol. LIX o; the Sp .nih Archives in the Land Ol1che of
4'Sayles. Early Lavs of Texas, 1, 55.
"Unrnmel. Lair of Ticrap. I. 229.
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