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Austin said of Carvajal:
He is a sprightly, intelligent youth, and his principles are very
sound and honorable. His own countrymen call him a Norte Amer-
icano. ... Carbajal is rather enthusiastic, the fault of youth. ...4
Nathaniel Cox wrote Austin on March 22, 1832, and said, "It
affords me much pleasure to find his [Carvajal's] conduct has
been such as to gain your esteem."5
When Carvajal returned to Texas from Virginia, Austin was
concerned about getting him a place as a surveyor.6 Carvajal was
friendly enough with Austin to ask for a loan of money and to
warn the colonizer that George Fisher was writing injurious
reports about him to the political chief. In 1830 Austin requested
that his "old pistol" be given to Carvajal. While in Mexico City
in 1835 Austin wrote his secretary to remember him to Carvajal
and to thank him for his letters.
Carvajal became the official surveyor for Martin de Le6n, one
of the original empresarios of Texas, and laid out the town of
Victoria. He married Refugio, De Le6n's daughter, and became
one of the original "forty-one" landowners and settlers of De
In January, 1831, -Carvajal accompanied Francisco Madero,
state land commissioner of Coahuila and Texas, to make some
surveys on the Trinity River. Colonel John Davis Bradburn,
who had charge of the federal military post at Anahuac, denied
Madero's authority to issue land titles. When Madero and Car-
vajal persisted in carrying out their plans, Bradburn arrested
both of them but released them a short time later.8
Carvajal for a while acted as ad interim secretary for the
4Austin to Holley, January so, 1832, in Barker (ed.), Austin Papers, II, 745.
5Cox to Austin, March 22, 1832, in ibid., 761.
6Carvajal to Austin, October 8, 1830, in ibid., 1121; Austin to Williams, Decem-
ber 29, 183o, in ibid., 570; Austin to Williams, April 29, 1835, in ibid., 63; Austin
to Williams, May 6, 1835, in ibid., III, 73; Austin to Navarro, May 31, 183o, in
ibid., II, 4o4.
7Victoria Advocate, September 28, 1934; Spanish Archives (MS., General Land
Office), vol. 66, p. 293.
8Bradburn to Madero, January 24, 1831; Madero to Bradburn, January 28, 1831;
Bradburn to Madero, January 29, 1831; Madero to Musquez, February 1, 1831;
Bradburn to Madero, February 3, 1831, Spanish Archives (MSS., General Land
Office, Austin), vol. 44, pp. 21-26.
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