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Tle constitution of Coahuila alnd Texas was promulgated on the
11tli March, 1827, and (onta.incd the following important article,
in conformitit i the declarations of the constitution of the Mexican
Republic, adopted in 1824, viz :-" In this State no person shall be
born a slave after this constitution is published in thle capital of
each district; * * * neither will tlh introduction of slaves be
permitted under any pretext."
Under the stipulations and restrictions adverted to, settlements
were rapidly formed, AuSTIN fulfilled his contract, and received
thefee simple of large tracts of land as a reward for his trouble.
The spirit of adventure and speculation was thus aroused; and
(livers persons applied for grants of land, and obtained them on
the most liberal terms. For instance, the Grantees were not only
authorized to select large tracts of land, and hold the same in fe
si^lnpe, on condition of settlement, but were also permitted to introduce
all articles necessary for their own accommodation, for tlle
space often years, free of the customary duties paid by the citizens
of tile Republic, the Government requiring of them, only, subnmission
to the fundamental laws of the empire. Among the most prominent
contractors with the Mexican Government for lands, were
ZAVALA and FILASOLA, of Mexico; DE WITT, of Missouri; Ross
and LEFTWICI, of Tennessee; MILAM, of Kentucky ; BUnRNET, of
Ohio; THoRN, of New York; WAvEni and BEALES, of England;
CAMERON, of Scotland ; VEHLEIN, of Germany ; and M'MUILL.EN,
POWERS, and HIIEITSON, of Ireland. Of all these, only DE WITT,
PoWERs, and HTEWITSON,, succeeded in fulfilling their contracts.
AMost of the others disposed of their " grants" to Joint Stock
Companies, organised for the purpose, in New York and Nashville.
Out of these transactions, sprung " The Galvezton Bay and
Texas Land Company/,"-" Tile Arkansas and Texas Land Company,"--"The
Rio Grande Company,"
and the " scrip," being transferable, fell into the hands of needy
adventurers, who hesitated at no measures, however base, to promote
their pecuniary interests.
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Scoble, John. Texas, its claims to be recognised as an independent power by Great Britain : examined in a series of letters, book, 1839; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6108/m1/38/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .