The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 55
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The City of Kent
nearer the coast the better; but for us, health first and wealth
afterwards. Besides with a good navigable river and steam power,
we can make a St. Louis, Cincinnati or Philadelphia of it in good
time. Three hundred miles is quite near enough the coast for
We are looking out for a comfortable home, a country free from
, state church, heavy taxation and aristocratic rule, where capital
labor and industry may have full scope and remuneration, and
where a large rising family may be able to provide for their wants,
and develope their capabilities.
In his second letter he writes, "Since writing you last the in-
spectors have returned from Texas. We have held a meeting to
hear their reports, which took them several hours to read to us.
It was highly encouraging. They visited North-Eastern Texas,
and speak highly of Hopkins county, Bowie, and Lamar, but more
particularly of Fannin and the North-Eastern counties generally.
"The colony intends getting ready to go out by October next;
but many will not be able to arrange their affairs by that time, and
will most likely either wait a month or two or three or perhaps
twelve months before they join their friends in Texas. We shall
send an agent by way of Cincinnati to make purchases for us of
agricultural implements, which we may not take out from this
country; also to fit up houses on a chosen locality, buy wagons,
oxen, etc, and come down to New Orleans to lead up the colony.
The first party going out will be comparatively few, as we wish to
make good arrangements on the spot to avoid imposition and high
"As many of the families going out are persons of means, edu-
cation, and perhaps I may add delicate habits, and we do not like
to expose them too much to the ills of a new climate, and so will
make what provision we can beforehand."
It is believed that the letters refer to the settlers that sailed the
following September with upper Milam County (just made into
Bell County) as their destination. There is neither in written
record nor tradition, as far as can be ascertained, any other Eng-
lish colonial proposition at anywhere near the time that the letters
were written. By a wild stretch of the imagination, the site
chosen on the upper Brazos stands at the head of "Brazos navi-
gation," although the term as applied by those who sold the col-
onists their land, and the settlers dreaming in England of a water
route to Cincinnati, St. Louis and Philadelphia must have had
different meanings. But the site is three hundred miles from thec
coast as the crow flies! De Cordova was agent for much land in
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926, periodical, 1926; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117141/m1/63/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.