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friends in the United States. That letter, according to Wavell,
put a stop to all his proceedings in London.1
Although the company called for was never formed, Wavell
still kept Austin and his colony in mind, and in 1824 addressed
a short letter to him, saying:
Let me know how you are getting on in Texas I am sorry to
hear such very unfavorable reports of the state of your settlement
had you kept up a constant correspondence with me when in Eng-
land all your wishes would have been accomplished since I had
friends who would have advanced all the cash requisite-Is the
Colony healthy or unhealthy or how would it be were the land
cleared away. I shall expect a full detail of every thing openly and
candidly since it still may be in my power to render you some as-
sistance in your schemes.82
Dr. Wavell I recd a few lines from you a day or two ago without
date or signature post marked in Mexico you ask how I am getting
on to which I answer not very well-and I assure you I am heartily
sick of the whole business and shall gain nothing by it but losses
and fatigue, and if you wish to keep out of trouble let Colonization
matters alone, either here or any where else-The grant I recd
was to settle 300oo families agreeably to the Colonization laws, for
which I recd for my self 22-1/2 leagues of land-the half of which
belongs to my friend in Orleans so that I have 11-1/4 leagues
for my share-you blame me for not writing to you in London,
I did write often by way of Orleans, and if I had encouraged
you to bring out goods to a large amt. perhaps you would have
blamed me more &c I have spent more in this dammed affair than it
will ever be worth-we are burnt up by the drouth, and there is
some Sickness-tho I still think the country is healthy-I can return
you the money you let me have, and will secure a piece of land
here for you88
Although the offer was made, Wavell contended that he re-
ceived neither money nor land,4 but had he been willing to go
ePapers relative to A. G. Wavell's claims in Texas (Archives, Texas State Library).
82Wavell to Austin, about July (?), 1824, in Barker (ed.), The Austin Papers, I,
"8Austin to Wavell (MS., Wavell Papers, Archives, Texas State Library). It is
unsigned, but is in Austin's handwriting. E. C. Barker places the date about July,
1824. See Barker (ed.), The Austin Papers, I, 868-869.
84Statement of Major General Arthur G. Wavell relative to his lands in Texas,
1855 (Archives, Texas State Library).
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