The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 137
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Count Saligny and the Franco-Texienne Bill
long there, however, but set out with his wagon train of French
finery on the trail from Houston to the little frontier town
of Austin which was the capital of Texas. He arrived in
February, 1840, and presented his credentials to the Texas
government. The little Frenchman chose rooms at the Bullock
Hotel, almost the only available hostelry in town, planning to
stay there only until he could make arrangements for the
building of the French embassy.
The Bullock Hotel, a two story log building with wide
verandas, was located on the corner of what is now Congress
Avenue and Sixth Street. It was a rude, unfinished building,
but commodious and clean, the best that Austin had to offer
in 1840, and the center of a large part of the social life of
Temporarily settled in the Bullock Hotel, Saligny proceeded
with the business of the newly established French legation.2
Pleasant and amicable relations between the representative of
France and the officials of Texas were soon established, while
Saligny's graceful manner and diplomatic polish made him a
social favorite in Austin. He was a clever diplomat and a
cultured gentleman, yet he was soon to prove himself an
unscrupulous schemer, who sought to advance his own fortune
by unethical dabbling in the domestic politics of a foreign
Early in 1840, Saligny began to lay plans for the creation
of a colonizing corporation which would induce French settlers
to come to Texas. The plan called for the granting of certain
areas of the western portion of Texas to French immigrants;
in return for the land and the rights of settlement, the French
company was to erect forts along the frontier and thus protect
the towns of Texas from marauding Indians. Apparently
Texas would have much to gain by the arrangement, for the
frontier sorely needed defense.
Carefully, the little French minister laid the groundwork
for his project. In France, Jean Basterreche and Pierre de
Lassauix, friends of Saligny, planned the details of the proposed
emigration that was to be launched when Saligny should notify
them that the Texas legislature had empowered them to act.
2Frank Brown, Annals of Travis County (MS), 19.
3Ibid., p. 187.
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