The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 19
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Empresario Contracts for the Colonization of Texas
In 1829 the government gave them two additional years within
which they might complete their contract, it being thus extended
to 1834.1' An examination of the records of the Land Office
reveals no evidence of their having located any families or in any
way fulfilled the obligations of their contract.
John Cameron, a native of Scotland but an inhabitant of
Coahuila and Texas, received two grants in Texas. The first
grant was on May 21, 1827, for one hundred families within the
Beginning at the point where the parallel of 32 degrees of
North latitude, intersects the Western boundary line of the Colony
of Robert Leftwich, which is between the rivers Colorado and
Brazos: Thence west, on a direct line to the point where the 32
degree of North latitude, intersects the 102 degree of Longitude:
Thence North, with the said Meridian line of 102 the distance of
21 Leagues: Thence diagonally South-East, to the Western
boundary line of Robert Leftwich's colony, and thence with this
line to place of beginning."8
Cameron's second grant was on September 19, 1828, for the
land which had the year previously been contracted for by Colonel
Rueben Ross, a citizen of the United States. Ross had died
shortly afterward "by the hand of a perfidious assassin" in the
state of Tamaulipas."' The contract was for two hundred families
to be introduced within the following boundaries:
Beginning at the point which is the Western extremity of the
boundaries of the Colony of General Arthur G. Wavell on the Red
River of Natchitoches: thence up the said river, which is the
boundary line of the United States of the North and this Republic,
with its meanders to the point at which it intersects the 102 degree
Longitude West of London, Thence South, on this same meridian
line, the distance of Twenty Leagues: Thence to the East parallel
with said river of Natchitoches, making a border of precisely
Twenty leagues, to the Western boundaries of the Colony of Wavell,
at the place of beginning.20
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