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be found in the preface of Volume XIX, the first of the Arkansas
series. An excellent account of the project as a whole is Clarence
E. Carter, "The Territorial Papers of the United States: A Review
and a Commentary," in the Mississippi Valley Historical Review
The three volumes on Arkansas territorial papers contain ap-
proximately 2,600 documents of dates 1819-1836, of which only
a negligible number had previously been published. The present
volume alone contains 1,025 documents, exclusive of enclosures.
This mass of material is indexed in 154 pages. All the Arkansas
volumes include material relating to the territory west of Ar-
kansas. In Volumes XIX and XX are papers relating to Texas
Indians, migration to Texas, the abortive revolt, the Austin set-
tlement, and the northeast boundary dispute.
Volume XXI has a surprising amount of Texas material, the
more obvious portions of which will be found indexed under
Benjamin R. Milam, Wavell's colony, boundary lines, James
Bowie, Colonel Peter E. Bean, Pecan Point, Austin's settlement,
Samuel Houston, and Red River. Historians of Texas will readily
find other entries of interest. The quickest way to estimate the
amount of biographical material is a comparison of the index
of Volume XXI with entries in the Handbook of Texas.
By far the greater part of the material pertaining to Texas
relates to the boundary dispute between the United States and
Mexico dating from the Louisiana Purchase. That portion of
the boundary defined as a line north from the intersection of the
thirty-second parallel with the Sabine to Red River had not, at
the time in question, been surveyed. Part of Arkansas Territory
west of Red River was claimed by Mexico. All settlers in the
disputed area were Anglo-Americans. Benjamin R. Milam, a
Kentuckian who had become a colonel in the Mexican Army, was
authorized by the Mexican government to receive colonists and
locate them on a grant in this area. The result was an extensive
correspondence involving Milam, Peter E. Bean, Governor John
Pope of Arkansas, James S. Conway, surveyor of the Arkansas-
Louisiana line, and the governments of the United States and
Mexico. The settlers were apparently more interested in land
than in national allegiance. An interesting and confusing con-
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