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arrived in England and went about his work for the Mexican
government. He was equally energetic in his efforts to carry out
his part of the agreement with Austin, and he wrote just one
day after his arrival in London that he had already spoken to one
merchant and was sure that everything could be arranged to their
satisfaction.23 Less than a week later Wavell sent an urgent plea,
insisting that Austin not delay "ONE SINGLE MOMENT in
sending me the confirmation of the grant or grants in order that
I may settle our contracts on the best terms which it will be
difficult to effect advantageously to ourselves whilst anything is
undetermined." Wavell closed with the enthusiastic comment,
that: "If the hopes I have reason to entertain are not blasted
things shall be done on no small scale indeed very far larger than
I had ever anticipated."24 Austin was, of course, unable to send
any proof of the grant's being confirmed, and was probably some-
what provoked at Wavell's repeated insistence.
Wavell wrote early in December that he had decided to sell
part of the land when the necessary proof of the confirmation of
the grant arrived, so that with the proceeds he and Austin could
carry on the business without any partner. He stated that while
he could sell land at a good price, cash on good terms was hard
to get because, "these d--d piracies have rendered Merchants
very much afraid of the Gulf of Mexico." He added that in
addition to an authenticated copy of the grant he needed a map
of Texas, as the pirates had taken the one he had.25
Wavell's enthusiasm was evident in a January letter, for he
informed Austin that on mining and timber alone they could
make fortunes as large as they could wish. The contracts could
be made as soon as he received proof of the grant being made
to Austin.26 That enthusiasm was carried over to the subse-
quent letter, in which he estimated that a tremendous fortune
could be made through the sale of land, timber, and mining. He
explained fully all that he had put in preceding letters as he had
just received Austin's only reply to his early communications.27
28Wavell to Austin, November 16, 1822, ibid., 553.
"Wavell to Austin, November 21, 1822, ibid., 555-554.
25Wavell to Austin, December 2, 1822, ibid., 555-556.
26Wavell to Austin, January 23, 1823, ibid., 572-574.
27Wavell to Austin, February 17, 1823, ibid., 579-580.
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