The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 21
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General Arthur G. Wavell: A Soldier of Fortune
lotments on suitable terms, if Owen would care to consider the
proposal.74 While Owen did not do any business with the two
empresarios, he was intrigued with the idea of a colony in Texas,
and traveled to Mexico to see if he could make arrangements
directly with the Mexican government. He was unable to do so,
and returned to the United States.75 Owen left Vera Cruz in
March, 1829, and arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio, early in April.70
While there is no evidence which directly connects Owen and
Wavell, it seems likely from an excerpt in one of Wavell's letters
that the two were acquainted."
Milam had returned to the United States, either late in 1828
or early in 1829, for he was in Lexington, Kentucky, in January.78
He did not remain there for any great length of time, for Wavell
addressed a letter to him at Natchitoches on March 21, 1829.
Late in 1829, he returned to the colony in his official capacity
as Wavell's agent, and brought his clerk, John M. Door, and a
Mr. Belt.79 Although it is never quite clear, Belt may have been
a surveyor, as no mention of another surveyor is made. Shortly
after his return, Milam opened a land office for Wavell's colony,
and was ready to settle immigrants. He began to survey lands in
the claim early in 1830.80
By the time that Milam's surveys were under way, Wavell had
left Mexico for England with his wife in February, 1829, realizing
that President Guadalupe Victoria's administration was drawing
to a close.**
[to be concluded]
74Frank Podmore, Robert Owen (2 vols.; London, 1906), I, 337.
7"Wilbert H. Timmons, "Robert Owen's Texas Project," Southwestern Historical
Quarterly, LII, 287.
"Wavell to Milam, March 21, 1829 (MS., Milam Papers, Archives, University of
"sMiller to Milam, January 9, 1829, ibid. It was Miller who was shortly afterward
commissioned to form a company for mining and colonization with Burnet and
Milam. The scheme came to nothing and the company was dissolved. See Garver,
"Benjamin Rush Milam," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XXXVIII, 111-115.
79Brown, History of Texas, I, 147-148.
S1Wavell. Chronological Notes (MS., Wavell Papers, in possession of Wavell
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