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Brents told Milam that for more than a year there had been very
little inclination to move to Texas. He said, however:
But the fever is considerably up and many persons of distinction
are about to go there and are consulting me on the subject of their
removal. I still advise them to go on as heretofore; but I am not
able to give directions to them with confidence. . . . I should
be extremely glad if you would write to me and let me know your
will on the subject and to which place to direct my efforts.120
Milam, however, did not get his grant renewed, in spite of Brents'
assurance that he would "send the settlers on in twelve months."
After the expiration of Milam's grant, in January, 1832, the
Legislature granted the territory to a Mexican company, whose
attorney was a certain Juan Vicente Campos.121 The contract was
made May 1, 1832, for four hundred and fifty families. John
Charles Beales was interested in this company, but for some
reason it, too, failed to introduce any families into the terri-
tory.122 This grant was made to the Mexican company in ac-
cordance with a new law which was passed April 28, 1832, which
"offered protection and aid to Mexicans who should agree to settle
in Texas, and to empresarios contracting to colonize with Mex-
In 1834, the fifty-two families that had settled in Milam's colony
were still waiting for their land titles to be confirmed. The situa-
tion, of course, had become more complicated when the grant had
gone to the Mexican company. R. M. Williamson, Milam's agent
for this colony, took the matter up with the Supreme Government
of the State of Coahuila and Texas, asking that the settlers in this
Brown in his History of Texas, I, 146, said: "It is understood that he
[Milam] sold this western grant to Baring Bros. of London, before a single
settler could be placed on it by his agent and it was forfeited by the lapse
of 6 years." Mrs. Holley (Texas, 245-246) agrees with Brown. Miss
Henderson, in her Minor Empresario Grants in Texas, 1825-1834, said: "If
the sale had actually taken place, it does not seem probable that Brents
would have continued to attempt to send him colonists. Furthermore if
the grant had been sold, he could not have expected Milam to get a renewal
"0Brents to Milam, November 2, 1832, Milam Papers (Hill Collection).
"Translations of Empresario Contracts, 196, in General Land Office,
"2'Titles in Spanish Archives of the Land Office of Texas.
"'Henderson, M. V., Minor Empresario Grants in Texas, 1825-183 1
(MS.), M. A. Thesis, University of Texas, 64; Sayles, Early Laws of Texas,
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