The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 19
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General Arthur G. Wavell: A Soldier of Fortune
Wavell's grant was without a resident supervisor until Milam's
return in 1829. Milam had given a power of attorney to Major
James Kerr of DeWitt's Colony for handling Milam's own col-
ony,67 but the power did not extend to Wavell's grant.
In July, 1827, Wavell wrote Milam that there was much capital
in England; it could be had for 3 per cent, but since all specula-
tions in America had failed, funds for use in the New World were
hard to find unless some assurance of success could be given. He
said that if only one mine would produce abundantly, whatever
sum was required by the colonizer could easly be obtained. His
plans, he continued, were in the hands of persons of great im-
portance and wealth, who were ready to invest in them "the very
moment circumstances allow them to do so without being sus-
pected of madness as any person would be who should at the
present employ a large capital in the Americas." He also urged
Milam to write immediately concerning the fertility, productions,
and the salubrity of the climate."s
There is no further reference to Wavell's whereabouts for the
rest of the year of 1827. In view of the reluctance which he al-
ready had noted in regard to investments in the Americas, it
may well be that he was occupied in trying to overcome that
prejudice and get financing for his colonizing scheme.
In 1828, Wavell returned to Mexico. Exactly when he left
England cannot be determined, but it was fairly early in the year.
Milam left America for England in May, 1828,69 but arrived
there after Wavell had departed.0 Milam had written to Wavell
in August, 1828, addressing the letter to Mexico, but said nothing
about missing him in London until an October letter. In his
August letter he explained why he had no money. Wavell had
evidently written Exter about that, evincing some surprise. Milam
reminded Wavell that they had parted over two years before and
since that parting Milam's time had, as he put it, "ben imploid
in attending to our mutual intrust and with as much aconomy as
68Wavell to Milam, July 21, 1827 (MS., Milam Papers, Archives, University of
cOThomas Coughlan to James Coughlan, May 7, 1828, ibid.
70Milam to Wavell, October, 1828 (MS., Wavell Papers, Archives, Texas State
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