The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 3
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General Arthur G. Wavell: A Soldier of Fortune
Martinez recognized him as the heir of his father's concession and
arranged for the establishment of a colony on the Colorado River.5
Austin submitted to Martinez, in writing, a sketch of the plan
by which the settlers would receive land, and Martinez gave him
authority to promise land to his colonists on that basis, and to
take charge of the government of the colony until it should be
provided for. Austin then looked over the country, and selected
the location for his colony along the Brazos and Colorado rivers.
In order to facilitate and expedite the introduction of settlers
into 'Texas, Austin proposed a system whereby two officials, a
commissioner or superintendent of immigration and a surveyor
general, would be appointed and given authority to handle the
colonization according to governmental regulations. Martinez ap-
proved of the plan and recommended its adoption to his superior.
Austin then devoted himself diligently to the task of getting
people moved in and settled. He found a number of applications
in Natchitoches, and was assured that settlers would not be lack-
ing. To assist him Austin sought the aid of his friend, Joseph
Hawkins, a lawyer of New Orleans. Austin brought in the first
group of settlers in December, 1821, traveling overland, while a
second group, with provisions and supplies, was to come in the
schooner Lively, which was fitted out by Hawkins. The Lively
discharged its cargo and passengers at the mouth of the Brazos,
and thus missed contact with Austin, who was to meet it at the
mouth of the Colorado.
When Austin arrived at San Antonio in March, 1822, to make
his report to Governor Martinez, he was informed that the com-
mandant general at Monterrey would not approve his grant and
contract. Martinez advised Austin to go to Mexico City and per-
sonally seek the approval of the government for his proposals.9
Although Austin disliked the idea of making such a trip, he felt
that he was responsible for the settlers' coming, and realized that
any delay in granting them land might create a serious situation.
He appointed Josiah H. Bell to take care of and to direct incoming
(George P. Garrison, Texas, A Contest of Civilizations (Boston, 1903), 143-144.
7Barker, Stephen F. Austin, 39-40o.
"Garrison, Texas, 144-145.
'Ibid., 145; Barker, Stephen F. Austin, 45.
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