The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 23
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Empresario. Contracts for the Colonization of Texas
Wilson and Exeter
Joining Wilson's first grant, he and Richard Exeter, an English
merchant, obtained a second grant on September 23, 1828, for the
introduction of one hundred families within these boundaries:
Beginning on the right bank of the Arkansas River at the bound-
ary line of the state with the territory of New Mexico. Thence
down said river to the point where it is intersected by the 102
degree of longitude-Thence South twenty leagues on the same
meridian 102-thence west parallel with the Arkansas River to the
eastern boundary line of the territory of New Mexico-Thence
following the said boundary line to the right bank of the Arkansas
River to the place of beginning."
When Wilson and Exeter petitioned for this grant, they claimed
that they had already spent thousands of dollars in exploration of
the land of Wilson's first contract and that they had a company
formed to settle and cultivate the lands with European farmers.84
Exeter soon died and John Charles Beales married his widow and
took his place in the contract.35
The grant to Wilson and Exeter covered a large area in eastern
New Mexico, southwest Colorado, and the "Panhandle" of Texas.
During the summer and fall of 1833 a group led by A. Le Grande
engaged in a survey of the grant; but with the coming of the
winter snows, they were forced to abandon their work. The sur-
vey was never resumed nor was anything else done toward the
colonization of the grant.88 The contract expired in September,
Beales and Royuela
John Charles Beales, in addition to the Exeter and Wilson grant,
was interested in three other grants. One of these, the Beales and
Royuela grant, was obtained on March 14, 1832, for the introduc-
tion of two hundred families within the following boundaries:
Beginning at a land mark which shall be established at the
intersection of the 32 North latitude with 102 longitude-this
point being the South-West corner of the grant applied for by
"8Brown, History of Texas, I, 254.
"Ibid., I, 254.
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