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was possible." His letter continued, with information about the
colony and his activities in regard to it:
It is a fact that the climate of Texas is fine, most butiful but
I have proved to my satisfaction that something more substantial
than holdsom bebreses is required to maik life even tolerable-
the situation of Texas at the time I arivd to assert our claimes
was very unseteld it requierd my every exertion to quiet the minds
of the people and accomplish this I traveld day and night and as
soon as I found I could leave the colony on the Redriver in Saifty
I joind the Mexican Army in Nacogdoches for the purpis of con-
triddicting a report which has been put in sircilation which com-
promised you and my self with the fredorians and after the setling
of those troubles I was requested to attend a general traity which
was to be held with the different tribes of Indians at San Antonio
by Genl Bustimenty, I conceivd it to our intrust to attend which
I did and at the same time maid my self acquainted with the
Guadilupa grants on the hold I have nither been idle nor extrava-
gant it cost me about two thousand dollars this I will pay as soon
as we can have our money reliest and as it will leave me some
little worse off than I was eight years ago I feel much disposed to
quit a business that has cost me so much trouble and at present
presents a less prospect of profit than at aney other time. ... If
you wish me to do aney thing farther in the Red River grant
you will forward me foll [full] powers of atorney with instructions.71
Milam later reported that he was still in London waiting for
money from the Valadora Mine settlement. He showed consid-
erable disgust and despair at the way things were going, and even
mentioned getting out of 'Texas altogether.72 Actually, Wavell
had written Milam regarding later developments in the Valadora
Mine settlement, but he had not received the letter. The only
paragraph other than that relating to the mines in Wavell's report
was one predicting great things for Texas in ten years if affairs
On August 30, 1828, while Milam was in London, he had
written to Robert Owen, renowned for his social experiments,
stating that he and Wavell had received grants of land from the
government of Mexico and were prepared to offer valuable al-
71Milam to Wavell, August 22, 1828, ibid.
72Milam to Wavell, October, 1828, ibid.
79Wavell to Milam, October 8, 1828 (MS., Milam Papers, Archives, Unihersity of
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