The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 17
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Empresario Contracts for the Colonization of Texas
the company, and obtain the capital for the colonization of the
landsY Wavell accused Austin of refusing to send him the neces-
sary documents on the basis of which the company was to be
organized. Wavell claimed he had the opportunity to organize
the company and get the needed funds, but that Austin made it
impossible by refusing to forward the documents showing that
Austin had actually been granted the lands.10
Wavell, therefore, believing that Austin had deliberately pre-
vented his organization of the company, returned to Mexico and
obtained for himself the above mentioned grant. The boundaries
of the grant were as follows:
Beginning at the junction of the stream called Satecha or
Sulphur Fork with the Red River of Natchitoches, thence with
its bank upwards to its source, thence on a straight line parallel
with the said Red River to the mouth of the River Kiamish, at its
confluence with the aforesaid Red River, and thence with the bank
of said river to place of beginning.
Benjamin Milam became Wavell's agent for the colony. When
the Law of April 6, 1830, was passed, Milam had already surveyed
the territory, organized a land office, and prepared to issue titles
to settlers.1 The commissioner, who had been appointed to issue
titles and who was on his way to the colony, was arrested at
Nacogdoches in December, 1830,12 by the Mexican authorities.
Wavell's plans for the colony were defeated at least for a time.
In the account of the Milam colony, it was seen that Milam in
1835 was in Monclova attempting to persuade the state govern-
ment to send a commissioner to the people in this Red River
colony. Milam himself was appointed commissioner to issue titles
to the settlers of Wavell's colony; but, as related, the state govern-
ment was overthrown and Milam himself arrested and thrown into
prison. With his death at the siege of San Antonio, the efforts to
settle Wavell's colony ended.'
'Austin Papers (Eugene C. Barker, ed.), American Historical Associa-
tion, Annual Report, 1919. 11I, 528-529.
"Ibid., II, 555, 558-559, 572-573, 576, 646-647, 868; II, 1257; Wavell to
Smith, April 6, 1852. Ashbel Smith Papers.
1Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas (George P. Gar-
rison, ed.), American Historical Association, Annual Report, 1908, II, 293.
1Ibid., II, 293.
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