The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 236
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eastern States and Send out families to a certain amount to Settle
one of the Colonizing Contracts I then had pending, and I
furnished him with maps &8c of the country, which I afterwards
understood he used at Washington as the result of his own ex-
ploring and personal observations-He went direct from Texas
to Washington or nearly so, and returned immediately from
there to Mexico by Texas, and never did any thing to aid in the
Settlement of the families-When I was here in 1833, we Settled
this matter-He admitted that he had not done any thing ma-
terial towards Sending out families, but he said he had inserted
some favourable accounts of Texas in the news papers, and had
benifited Texas by his influence with this Government &c. I re-
quested him to Say what he thought he was entitled to, and he
Said three leagues of land-I agree'd to it and the matter was
finally closed as I thought-All this was verbal & I was to have
returned next day to reduce it to writing. I did so and called
twice without finding him at home, and the day after I left
When I returned here in Feb. 1834 a prisoner he was irritated
against me, as he Says, by Gen' Mason,9 so that he would take no
interest for me, altho he was instructed by his Govt to do so.
After I was at liberty on bail, he wrote me about the Settle-
ment of our business, I answered that I considerd the verbal
Settlement made in 1833, as final and binding and was ready
to comply with it-In that Settlement the land he was to have was
specified & particularly designated-He was not content and has
written me the most violent, abusive and billingsgate letters I
have ever seen, threating that he could injure me here, tho he
would not do it, as he knew I had projects &c. and also by a pub-
lication about a plea that my brother in law James Bryan put in
when he was Sued by Butler, to get rid of the Suit This plea was
false as Butler himself knew, and told me he believed, he also
Said in N. Orleans that Col. T. H. Benton now a Senator who
was his lawyer wrote to him that he acquitted me of having done
any thing improper in the transaction
In 1814, I think it was, I went to Kentucky and hired Butlers
negroes-I took on blank notes signed by my father Moses Austin
9John Thomson Mason, agent of the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company
of New York City, then in Mexico City.
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