The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 18
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Wavell's contract, being for only six years, expired on March 9,
1832, but nevertheless Wavell never seemed to realize that the
grant was no longer his. Even after Texas joined the United
States, he constantly endeavored to obtain the land.14 He con-
tinued to write from England to Ashbel Smith and others with
the hope that his case might be acted on favorably by the legisla-
ture. At seventy he was a disappointed old man who felt that the
world had not dealt fairly with him. He believed that first
Austin, then Mexico, and finally the state for which he claimed
that he had given his fortune and the best years of his life had
mistreated him. The records examined give no evidence of his
ever having received any land from the state. As he was an alien
empresario, he had no right to sue for any premium land even if
he had introduced a hundred families.15
Woodbury and Vehlein and Company
On November 14, 1826, John Lucius Woodbury and Joseph
Vehlein and Company were authorized to introduce two hundred
families within the following boundaries:
Beginning at the point where the Western line of the Colony of
Robert Leftwich intersects the 31st degree of North latitude,
which is between the Rivers Colorado and Brazos; Thence upwards
with said line, on a course North-West, to the point at which the
boundary line of said grant, intersects the parallel of 32 degrees
North latitude.-Thence the line shall run on a West course, approxi-
mating to the Southern boundary of M. Stephen Wilson's Colony,
to the 104 degree longitude, where a land mark shall be established.
Hence on a line downwards, to the point where the Meridian of
104 Longitude, intersects the old road leading from the Rio
Grande to Bexar: Thence with said road, to the river Medina:
Thence up with the right bank of said river, a distance of Ten
Leagues: From this point a straight line, shall be run an East
course, to the River Guadalupe: Thence up the right bank of
said river, to the boundary line of the Colony of Col. Milam:
Thence on a straight line, along the boundary line of the said
grant, crossing the river Colorado, to strike the Western line of
the Colony of Leftwich at the place of Beginning.16
14Wavell to Smith, April 6, 1852. Ashbel Smith Papers.
"Gammel, Laws of Temas, I, 1324-1325.
"eTranslations of Empresario Contracts, 112-113.
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