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Texas Association grant. Additional records describe some of the efforts
made to recruit settlers for the new colony, and other documents illus-
trate Sterling Robertson's growing interest in the Texas project, an in-
terest temporarily interrupted when Robertson was charged and tried
for murder. There is a large quantity of material dealing with Indian
depredations, and toward the end of the volume, the efforts of the Mexi-
can government to halt Anglo-American immigration are presented
with the text of the Law of April 6, 1830, and a number of related docu-
ments. The volume concludes with a reaffirmation of Sterling Robert-
son's interest in the colony, evidenced by emigration contracts between
Robertson and a number of colonists bound for Texas.
The growing complexity of affairs in Texas is evident in Volume IV.
While Volumes II and III each included several years, Volume IV covers
only slightly more than five months, May, 1830, through October io,
1830. Included are many records documenting the internal operations
of the Mexican civil government and the Mexican army. Other docu-
ments describe the preliminaries to the founding of Tenoxtitlin, a fort
intended to defend Mexican interests in the area around present day
Caldwell, and continue the record on Indian relations and campaigns.
The volume concludes with a document prepared by H. H. League,
empresario of the Texas Association or Nashville Colony, appointing
Sterling Robertson to be his agent in the settlement of the colony.
Volume V covers another span of five months, October 11, 1830,
through March 5, 1831. Included are documents pertaining to the ar-
rival of Robertson and a small group of emigrant families at Tenox-
titlin. Additional documents relating to civilian and military operations
similar to those found in Volume IV are included. But it is the docu-
ments that pertain to the beginnings of the Austin-Robertson dispute
that will attract the attention of most readers.
Organization of these volumes remains consistent with that of Volume
I. Principal components are a calendar listing each of the documents, an
introduction which presents a narrative of events represented by the
documents, arranged in chronological order, a bibliography, and an
index. Generously descriptive footnotes accompany most of the docu-
ments; Volumes III and V contain useful maps.
The series is most appropriately named Papers Concerning Robert-
son's Colony in Texas. Although Professor McLean has collected a con-
siderable quantity of Robertson family papers, he has made extensive
use of other sources such as Tennessee legal records, newspapers, the
Bexar Archives, the papers of other Texas pioneers such as those of
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