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became necessary for Beales to go to Matamoras.49 During has
absence the colonists became dissatisfied and deserted the colony.
The town had been built on a stream lacking sufficient water to
irrigate the crops. With the failure of the first crop planted, the
colonists were discouraged and refused to remain longer. Beales
and Grant made no other efforts to establish a colony.
After the establishment of the Republic of Texas, Beales
through the British charge d'affaires, Captain Charles Elliott,
tried to get the Republic to grant him lands in Texas as a recogni-
tion of his interest in the three grants. Anson Jones, the secretary
of state of Texas, in his reply to Captain Elliot, clearly showed
that Beales had no claims to land because he did not fulfill his
If Austin and DeWitt are included, the empresarios may be said
to fall into three groups: the first, those who completed their con-
tracts as Austin and DeWitt; the second, those who partially ful-
filled their contracts; and the third, those who failed to meet any
of the obligations of the contracts. In the first group Austin,
who finished several of his grants, has been authoritatively treated
by Dr. Eugene C. Barker in The Life of Stephen F. Austin.
Green DeWitt, who lacked only a few families of introducing the
total number of families designated by his contract, has been dis-
cussed by Miss Ethel Zivley Rather in The DeWitt Colony.
The purpose of this paper was to investigate the history of the
two last groups, the minor empresarios. In the first of these last
two groups should appear the names of Burnet, Zavala, Vehlein,
Robertson, Milam, De Leon, Power and Hewetson, and McMullen
and McGloin. The last group, or those who in no wise fulfilled
their contracts, contains the names of Wavell, Wilson, Wilson and
Exeter, Woodbury, Cameron, Dominguez, Filisola, Padilla and
Chambers, Thorn, Purnell and Lovell, Beales and Royuela, Campos
for the Mexican Company, and Beales and Grant.51
5"Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic of Texas (George P. Gar-
rison, ed.), III, 1129-1136, American Historical Association, Annual Report,
"1Two names have not been included in the list. Haden Edwards re-
ceived a contract but it was annulled by the government. Colonel Reuben
Ross also received a grant, but he was killed shortly afterwards and his
territory was reissued to John Cameron.
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