The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 333
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Analysis of Work of General Council, 1885-1836
of speculators, as they had given up hope and were selling their
claims for small amounts, some of them for as little as twenty-
five dollars.'5 It must also be remembered that the most radical
measure placed before the Council provided only for the issuance
of titles to actual settlers; and the fact remains that no ordinance
or decree for opening the land offices was ever passed by the Council.
Some surveys must have been made, however, and some titles
issued, possibly after the disruption of the Provisional Govern-
ment, for the Constitution drawn up by the Convention of 1836
"whereas many surveys of titles to lands have been made whilst
most of the people of Texas were absent from home, serving in the
campaign against Bexar, it is hereby declared that all the surveys
and locations of land made since the act of the late consultation
closing the land offices, and all titles to land made since that time,
are, and shall be null and void."'l
The question of opening the land offices was more than a local
question, and was a matter of distinct importance from the declara-
tion of the Consultation which closed them. The people as a
whole seem to have been divided on the matter, though the two
following statements indicate that the people of the "lower country"
were opposed to opening the offices, while those of the "upper
country" were heartily in favor of the move. John Forbes, of
Nacogdoches, writing to Robinson, January 22, told him of politi-
cal conditions at Nacogdoches, and added, "Should the Council
see fit to open the Land Offices please advise me of it by Express
and authorize me to do it it would materially strengthen our
cause."'7 While R. R. Royall, writing from Matagorda, January
28, to Robinson and members of the Council hopes "the Council
will not open the Land offices The People below (that is in the
Lower Country) are Violent even to Pasionate on the Subject)
You are already accused of being under the Influence Bribery
Corruption &c. But the People are now becoming convinced of
"Spencer H. Jack to the General Council. Consultation Papers, Vol.
I, Texas State Library.
'"Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, 1081.
"Harriet Smither (ed.), The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
(Austin, n. d.), VI, 302.
'Consultation Papers, Vol. I, Texas State Library.
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