The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 2
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thence with the said road to the river Colorado of Texas. Thence
up said river with its right bank the distance of Fifteen leagues.
Thence on a straight line, parallel with the road aforesaid to the
river [Guadalupe. Thence] with its left bank to the place of
Mrs. Holley (Texas, 245-246) said that Milam sold his grant
to Baring and Company of London. All the secondary references
examined agree with Mrs. Holley. Brown (A History of Texas, I,
It is understood that he sold this Western grant to Baring Bros.
of London, before a single settler could be placed on it by his agent
and it was forfeited by the lapse of 6 years.
In the Milam Papers4 there are two letters which seem to make
the above statements doubtful. On January 6, 1835, Milam wrote
from San Felipe de Austin:
I was disappointed in making sail of my Colony as I expected
but I find that I can settel it to a Much graiter advantaige than I
expected I have had 200 applications for Setlers Sins my arrival
here and I have no doubt but in Six Monthes it will be com-
From the above letter it seems that Milam did attempt to sell
his colony and had evidently negotiated with someone concerning
the sale, but the colony for some reason remained in his hands.
The second letter tends to substantiate the above conclusions.
Samuel Brents, in writing to Milam, said:
. . . Notwithstanding I knew your grant on the Guadalupe
has expired yet I have continued to encourage settlers to go on.
. . . I entertain but little doubt your grant may be extended.
If your grant is extended I can have it settled immediately.6
If the sale had actually taken place, it does not seem probable
that Brents would have continued to attempt to send him colonists.
Furthermore, if the grant had been sold, he could not have ex-
pected Milam to get a renewal for himself.
The records in the Land Office show that some time during the
8Translations of Empresario Contracts, 92.
"The Milam Papers are in the Archives of the University of Texas.
5Milam to Pryor, January 6, 1835. Milam Papers.
Brents to Milam, November 2, 1832. Milam Papers.
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