The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 15
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General Arthur G. Wavell: A Soldier of Fortune
tion to the government of Coahuila and Texas was followed by a
similar one from the Baron de Bastrop, which included the power
of attorney and asked that the governor deal with him in making
the agreement or contract.52
The decision to approve the grant already had been reached
before Wavell's petition arrived at Saltillo; so when Bastrop's
petition was filed, the contract was ready, and was signed on March
9, 1826, by Vice-Governor Ignacio de Arispe, and by the Baron
de Bastrop.53 After the usual introduction, the first article of the
contract set forth the following boundaries:
Beginning at the junction of the stream called Satecha or Sulphur
Fork with the Red River of Natchitoches thence with its bank
upward to its source thence on a line parallel with the said Red
River to the mouth of the River Kiamish, at its confluence with
the aforesaid Red River, and thence with the bank of said river to
place of beginning.64
Other provisions of the contract were:
TERMS upon which the project of Brigadier General Arthur G.
Wavell of the Armies of the Mexican Republic is admitted to in-
troduce from Four to Five Hundred families to colonize on lands
of the Department of Texas, agreed upon and concluded with his
Attorney, the Baron de Bastrop.
Article Second. All lands found within the above described bound-
aries in possession of private individuals or communities, with legal
titles, shall be respected, and no lands can be occupied which have
been lawfully acquired by the Shawanee Indians on the right side
of the Red River of Natchitoches.
Article Third. Conformably with the Colonization law of the
State, the Empresario General Arthur G. Wavell is bound to in-
troduce the Four to five hundred families which he offers within
the terms of Six years from this date, under the penalty of for-
feiting the rights and privileges granted to him by the law aforesaid.
Article Fourth. The families of which this Colony is to be com-
posed besides being Catholics, as he offers in his petition of 5th
August 1825 must be of good moral habits, accrediting the same
"5The Baron de Bastrop to the governor of Coahuila and Texas, March g, 1826,
"Contract for Arthur G. Wavell to establish a colony, March 9, 1826, ibid., 99-1oo.
Another translation by the same translator, Thomas G. Western, made in 1838,
is in the Archives, Texas State Library.
6"Contract for Arthur G. Wavell to establish a colony, March 9, 1826, in Transla-
tions of Empresario Contracts (MS., General Land Office, Austin), 99.
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