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sippi, James Prentiss was the son of Captain John and Ann Pren-
tiss. Between 1803 and 1811 he had been a member of an import-
ing firm, Bond and Prentiss of Boston, that was ruined by Pres-
ident Thomas Jefferson's embargo. He had then removed to Lex-
ington, Kentucky, where he engaged in the manufacture of woolen
goods. The re-establishment of trade with England following the
Peace of Ghent in 1814 wiped out that business. With his brother
he had then entered upon speculation in western lands.8 Like
many another land speculator, Prentiss had many irons in the
fire, in addition to his interest in the Union company. In 183o
he was said to have had some claim against John Lucius Wood-
bury's empresario contract in Texas,4 and two, years later he cor-
responded at length with Sam Houston on Texas lands.5 In 1835
he and three other New Yorkers petitioned Santa Anna for per-
mission to settle 1,2oo families in Burnet's, Vehlein's, and de
Zavala's colonies." James Prentiss died on September 20, 1857.7
The Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company had sent agents
to Anahuac, but they suffered from a want of instructions from
the trustees in New York. In February and March, 1831, a num-
ber of immigrants arrived in Anahuac holding Galveston Bay
and Texas company scrip, who had been sent by the Union
company and escorted by Union agents. The Union agents,
though personally cordial to the Galveston Bay and Texas com-
pany agents, refused to act jointly with them and communicated
no information about their plans. Colonel John Davis Bradburn,
'C. J. F. Binney, History and Genealogy of the Prentice or Prentiss Family in
New England (2nd ed.; Boston, 1883), 125-126.
'James F. Perry to Stephen F. Austin, October 27, 1830, in Eugene C. Barker
(ed.), The Austin Papers (Vols. I and II, Annual Report of the American His-
torical Association for the Years 1919 and 1922, Washington, 1924, 1928; Vol. III,
University of Texas Press, Austin, 1926), II, 523.
5Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker (eds.), The Writings of Sam Hous-
ton, 1813-x863 (6 vols.; Austin, 1938-1943), I, 197-293, II, i9-2o, V, 6.
OThos. E. Davis and others to Santa Anna, July 25, 1835, Unpublished Austin
Papers (MSS., Archives, University of Texas Library).
'Binney, History and Genealogy of the Prentice or Prentiss Family, 126.
'John Davis Bradburn, a native Kentuckian, went to Mexico in 1816 and sub-
sequently entered government service. In 1830 he was sent as commandant of the
Mexican garrison at Anahuac and was soon embroiled in numerous controversies
with the Texan colonists. In 1832 they took up arms against him, and he was
forced to resign. Eugene C. Barker, The Life of Stephen F. Austin (Austin, 1949),
322-348. To mitigate his usual reputation in Texas, one should call attention to his
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