The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 24
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Col. Rueben Ross: Thence West with the parallel of the 32 of
latitude to the eastern boundary line of this State and the territory
of New Mexico to a point Twenty leagues South of the River
Arkansas. Thence East to the Meridian of 102 of longitude being
the Western boundary of the lands applied for by Col. Rueben
Ross and thence South to place of beginning."
Beales and Royuela apparently did nothing with this grant;
according to Land Office records no titles were issued.
Campos for the Mexican Company
Beales was one of the members of the Mexican Company, which
received the first contract under the Law of April 28, 1832. The
law had been passed to encourage Mexican colonization. The con-
tract was made on May 1, 1832, for 450 families and comprised
the territory of Milam's colony and part of De Witt's.38 Under
this contract Beales and his company located no families in Texas.39
But the company sold stock and scrip, some of which was pur-
chased by Judge John Woodward, who attempted to locate families
on the land specified by it.40 Woodward claimed that he had one
hundred and twenty families ready to locate on the lands pur-
chased from the Beales company just at the time that Santa Anna
declared a blockade of the Texas coast. The declaration, he said,
prevented his introducing the families; he therefore petitioned the
Republic of Texas to grant him a hundred thousand acres of land
because of the expense he had incurred in his efforts for Texas.41
He said that he had bought the scrip with one intention only and
that was the introduction of colonists into Texas. In each petition
to Congress he protested that he was not a speculator. However,
he acknowledged that he had on one occasion sold some of the
scrip in England.42 He did not give the name of the purchaser in
the memorial, but from later events it must have been a man by
the name of Iken, an Englishman.
S'Translation of Empresario Contracts, 194.
**Titles in Spanish Archives of the Land Office of Texas.
"Woodward Memorial to the Congress of the Republic of Texas, May
"Woodward Memorial to the Congress of the Republic of Texas, Novem-
ber 25, 1837.
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