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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
others who felt the government might be favorably disposed
toward their proposals. But Austin's case was different, in that
he was seeking to have his father's approved contract transferred
to him. Since there were several people seeking empresario grants,
the congress had decided to pass a general colonization law to
cover those and future applications for grants. Austin had sought
to have his own grant approved by special legislation, but con-
gress preferred to handle it through a general law.17 That law
was taken up by the junta nacional instituvente with which Itur-
bide replaced the congress when he dissolved that body. The final
passage of the law by the junta and its signing by Iturbide took
place in January, 1823.18
Wavell was not in Mexico during the discussion and passage
of the law. He had done all he could to help Austin before he
left for England as envoy for the Mexican government. His help
had included having Austin stay in his house, and giving him
financial aid. Austin must have felt that Wavell's assistance was
going to enable him to get his grant confirmed, because on June
26, 1822, he gave Wavell his power of attorney to form a company
in England for commercial, mining, and agricultural purposes.
The capital engaged by Wavell as attorney and the land held by
Austin when his grant should be approved were to be entered as
joint stock of the proposed company, and the profits divided ac-
cording to the terms to be made by Wavell and the contracting
parties. There were also included terms by which the land re-
served for Hawkins was held out, and provisions for his admission
to the company if he desired.
On July 4, Austin and Wavell entered an agreement by which
all grants of land made to either, or speculations in settling land,
mining, or commerce entered into by either in the Empire of
Mexico should be to the mutual benefit and advantage of both.
There followed a list of conditions and stipulations: (1) the con-
cession to Hawkins was excepted; (2) Wavell was to form a com-
pany with a capital of not less than $50,000; (3) with the expira-
tion of the said company's contract, Austin was to retain person-
ally one-fourth of the land in his grant; (4) Austin was to
17Garrison, Texas, 146.
s"Barker, Stephen F. Austin, 72.
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