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360 TEXAS. [BOOK II.
ches. Josephll Vehlein (a German) obtained a contract
for settling 300 families within the district
lying southl of the San Antonio road, east of the
twenty border leagues reserved by the government,
parallel to the course of the Sabine, north of
the reserved border of ten leagues, parallel to the
course of the coast, and east of Austin's Colony.
David G. Burnet (an American) contracted for the
settlement of 300 families in a district beginning at
the town of Nacogdoches ; running thence northwardly
and parallel to the west line of the twenty
leagues border reserve, parallel to the Sabine fifteen
leagues; thence west to the Navosota; tlience down
that river to thle San Antonio road; thence alongc
that road to Nacogdoches, the place of beginninog.
This contract was extended by the government two
years beyond the six to which its duration was
limited under the Colonization Law. In the lands
allotted for settlement to Vehlein and Burnet a
district around Nacogdoches was included, which.
had been left vacant by the annulment of a contract
made with the Empresario Hayden Edwards. The
cause assigned for the forfeiture of Edward's contract
was his having, either through ignorance or wilful
perversion of the law, represented to the colonists
that he held the lands within the limits of his grant
in fee simple, and had a right to dispose of them for
his own benefit. He, it was said, exacted payment,
until the settlers, informed of the true nature of his
powers, complained to the government, who revoked
the contract, permitting all those that had been
located under it, and were " duly qualified accord
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/414/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .