The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 56
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Houston, to which point steamboats were ascending. He de-
sired to secure an alteration in his contract by the First Legis-
lature which would enable families to settle on adjacent sections
in order to advance the educational facilities of communities by
eliminating great distances to school buildings. It was the pur-
pose of Mercer to set aside all fees for surveys from colonists to
be applied to the building of schoolhouses and to the construc-
tion of roads. He contracted with B. J. Chambers to survey
sixteen townships west of the Trinity and with F. Claxton Taylor,
a former surveyor of the United States Government, who had
been recommended by the Commissioner of the General Land
Office of the United States to sectionize the land east of the
Trinity into townships six miles square. For his labor Taylor
chose to take twelve shares of the company's stock instead of
their value, $6,000.26
By his report of February 1, 1847, the Texas Association was
comprised of thirty-seven shareholders, who owned forty-two
shares. Mercer held the other fifty-eight."
From February 9, 1844, to September 2, 1847, a period of three
years and seven months the Texas Association expended a con-
siderable sum in the colonization project. The account follows:
Expended on sub-agents and surveyors in blocks.. $ 3,000
and in money .............................. 6,666
maps, pamphlets, hand bills, advertisements and
newspapers, certificates and stocks, copies of gen-
eral contracts ............................... 560
Paid postages, fees, communications and collec-
tions ...................................... 320
Fees to Colonel Allen, Green, and Garnett ........ 550
For agents in Texas
to Bonham, Galveston ......................... 250
Paid on advances by Peters' Col. and agent....... 250
26Semi-Annual Report of C. F. Mercer to the Secretary of State of Re-
public of Texas. December 31, 1845. This report is found in the records
of the case, Preston vs. Walsh.
27Semi-Annual Report. Charles Fenton Mercer, February 1, 1847, to
Secretary of State. This report is found in the record of the case, Preston
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