The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 39
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The Mercer Colony in Texas, 1844-1888
Apparently the legal representative of the London associates
was present at the time the contract of January 20 was made.
Upon his departure from Texas he wrote to the Texan Secretary
Honorable A. Jones Aground, Feb. 1, 1843.
After a most unpleasant ride through mud and water we
reached Houston on Saturday evening-and Sunday evening this
little boat arrived and left for Galveston on Monday at 2 p. m.
Tuesday a. m. we were met with a stiff norther which continued
'til near this a. m., and having driven the waters out to sea we
are destined to take a nights lodging upon a sand bank fifteen
miles from our destination. We take it quite easy though as the
Neptune does not leave for New Orleans til Saturday and we are
not likely to lose time in reaching that point.
At Houston I met a surveyor who was employed by Peters &
Company to survey the locality who advised that the extension of
the boundary was disputed. General H's contract of July 26 adds
nothing to the previous amount of lands fit for settlement.
With intermittent threats of Santa Anna's invasion from
Mexico and with hostility to annexation manifested in the United
States Congress in January, 1843, Houston maintained friendly
connection with the cabinet of Great Britain. Ashbel Smith,
Texan charge d'affaires at London, wrote Van Zandt, Texan charge
d'ffaires at Washington, D. C., that the "free state or territory
of Texas is the darling wish of England."'1
L. M. Rate, Consul General for Texas in Great Britain, upon
receiving the notice of the contract of January 20, 1843, from Sec-
retary of State Jones and having had a visit from Mr. Converse
detailing his plans for promoting the colony, wrote that he had
received many inquiries from prospective colonists possessing from
$500 to $1,000 of capital and suggesting that an office be estab-
lished at Galveston to receive and deal with them upon their
arrival in Texas."
A letter from A. J. Yates of Galveston, March, 1843, to Con-
verse, printed in the New Orleans Republic, stated that from
'"S. Converse to Anson Jones. Colonization Papers, 1843-1845. Texas
"Smith, Annexation of Texas, 88.
"Colonization Papers, 1836-1845. Texas State Library.
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