The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 49
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The Mercer Colony in Texas, 1844-1888
domain since January 1, 1844.12 And on January 17, 1845, the
House of Representatives requested the President to submit a copy
of Mercer's Contract and all documents relating thereto.13 These
investigations led to the Joint Resolution of February 4, 1845,
which required Mercer and his associates to have the limits of
their colony established by April 1, 1845, and which placed the
penalty of forfeiture of the contract in case the survey was not
These evidences of antagonism spurred Mercer on toward his
goal. In his second semi-annual report, written from Houston,
1"Henry J. Jewett, Secretary of the Senate, December 12, 1844, to Anson
Jones. This letter is on file in the records of the case, Preston vs. Walsh.
13Secretary of State, ad interim, January 30, 1845, to Anson Jones. This
letter is on file in the records of the case, Preston vs. Walsh.
"T. C. Hartley, A Digest of the Laws of Texas, 660.
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