The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 78
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
PLAN OF 1822
Diego Barry, Tadeo Ortiz, and Philip O'Reilly offer to transport
to this Empire 10,000 persons from Ireland and the Canary Islands,
the cost of transportation being borne by them, upon condition
that they be granted 6,000 square leagues in the Province of Texas
and that they be exempt from the payment of tithes for the time
the government may see fit.
Report of the Secretary of State on the Petition
May 17, 1822.
The Office of the Secretary of State
Department of Development
Diego Barry, Tadeo Ortiz and Philip O'Reilly have presented
the enclosed memorial, in which they offer to introduce at their
own expense into this Empire 10,000 persons from Ireland and
the Canary Islands, upon the condition that they be granted in
fee simple 6,000 square leagues in the Province of Texas and that
they be free from the payment of tithes during such time as the
government may think wise.
The regency has agreed to submit this petition to congress, re-
commending to that body the importance of the project, not only
for the increase of population in an almost deserted province, but
also because of the kind of settlers that are proposed.
In regard to the amount of land the authors of this memorial
request, the mode of distributing it, and the exemption from tithes
for the time designated the regency abstains from deciding, since
these matters are connected with the colonization plan that is pend-
ing. But it is added that it is urgently necessary to draw up this
plan, for in this way only can the evils be avoided which the arbi-
trary establishment of colonists in that country may produce. This
is evident from the information communicated by the commandant-
general of the Provinces of the East which under the date of the
eleventh of this month I sent you.
By order of the regency I have the honor of making this explana-
tion and of transmitting the said memorial so that you may be
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