The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 287
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The 185o Affair of the Brownsville Separatists
of the establishment of a Territorial Government in that portion
of Texas, has frankly acknowledged himself to have been in
error, and explicitly disclaims any further connection with the
movement." Then, too, in Brownsville, loyal Texans won a victory
in the mayorality election of March 28, 1850o. Judge Israel B.
Bigelow was elected by a majority of twenty votes over J. J. H.
Gramont, his opponent.1
The commission to investigate land titles was highly successful
in ending the confusions which caused separatism to thrive. On
April 24, 1851, the commission published its notice of schedule
of hearings or sessions. Wm. H. Bourland and James B. Miller,
commissioners, investigated land titles presented at Eagle Pass,
Laredo, Rio Grande City, Brownsville, and Corpus Christi. On
February io, 1852, the Texas Legislature required the General
Land Office of Texas to issue patents to all grants and porciones
validated by the commission. This action ended whatever chance
of success the Separatists had, and from this time land owners
looked to Texas for their just titles.
albid., April s7, 1850o.
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