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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Contract Records and correspondence, 1825-1836

Titles, 1824-1835

Testimonios and character certificates, 1830-1835

Survey field notes and maps, 1824-1837; undated


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Austin's Colony Records, 1823-1841



Overview

Creator: Austin, Stephen F., (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836
Title: Austin's Colony Records
Dates: 1823-1841
Abstract: Austin's Colony was the first and largest Anglo-American settlement in Mexican Texas and was established by Stephen F. Austin in 1821. The Records include contracts, land titles, surveyor's field notes, correspondence, registers, and plats of surveys created as a result of the process by which settlers were admitted to the colony and given title to land.
Identification: AR.87.AU
Quantity: 62.26 Linear feet, (37 document boxes, 23 bound volumes, 40 manuscript maps)
Location: File Vault, Map Vault
Language: Materials written predominantly in Spanish. Some materials written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

Austin's Colony was the first and largest Anglo-American settlement in Mexican Texas and was established by Stephen F. Austin in 1821. It was authorized by the Mexican government and allowed for the introduction of 300 families into Texas. Austin received permission to introduce an additional 1700 families into the colony between 1825 and 1831 under the terms of four colonization contracts made with the state of Coahuila and Texas under Mexican laws providing land for immigrants. By the time the colonial land offices were closed in 1835, almost 1,000 land titles had been issued in Austin's Colony.

The main area of Austin's Colony was located in southeast Texas within an area bounded by the Lavaca and San Jacinto rivers, the San Antonio Road, and the coast. A small settlement, called the "little colony," was also established along the Colorado River above the San Antonio Road, near the present-day city of Austin. The town of San Felipe, founded on the Brazos River in 1824, served as the capitol of the colony and the location of Austin's land office. Other towns founded during this period in Austin's Colony include Matagorda, Brazoria, Columbia, Independence, and Washington-on-the-Brazos.

The primary business of the colony was the introduction of new settlers and the distribution of land. As the contractor, Austin was the principal organizer and administrator of the colony. Besides Austin, several other people were involved in the colony's affairs. A land commissioner was appointed to represent the government and was responsible for administering and recording the land titles and organizing the archives of the colony. In July 1823, Governor Luciano Garcia appointed Felipe Enrique Neri, the Baron de Bastrop, as the first commissioner for Austin's Colony. Subsequent commissioners included Gaspar Flores, Miguel Arciniega, Stephen F. Austin (acting as his own commissioner), and Robert Peebles. Samuel May Williams was hired by Austin in 1823, and performed a prodigious amount of work as secretary, title clerk and agent for Austin, and ultimately was his partner in the final colony contract. By 1834, the duties of land office clerk were increasingly performed by Gail Borden, Jr. Surveyors played an important role in the title process and included Rawson Alley, Gail Borden, Jr., John P. Borden, Thomas H. Borden, Samuel P. Browne, Horatio Chriesman, John Cook, Samuel Dickson, Jesse U. Evans, Isaac Hughes, Seth Ingram, John Jiams, Francis W. Johnson, James Kerr, George W. Patrick, John Goodloe, Warron Pierson, William Selkirk, Bartlett Sims, H. Smith, and Elias R. Wightman.

For more information on Austin's first colony, see the entry for Old Three Hundred at the Handbook of Texas Online.

For more information on Stephen F. Austin, see the entry for Austin, Stephen Fuller (1793-1836) at the Handbook of Texas Online.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Austin Colony Records consist of 62.26 linear feet of documents such as contracts, land titles, surveyor's field notes, correspondence, registers, and plats of surveys dating from 1823 to 1841 (bulk 1825-1835), created as a result of the process by which settlers were admitted and given title to the land.

The records largely reflect the land title process, which involved several formalized steps carried out in compliance with the requirements of the Mexican colonization laws. In general, the main activities documented in the records are those of admitting settlers, surveying land, and awarding titles. Some items are also present which document the authorization of Austin's various contracts and other matters of general concern to the colony.

Some items are also present which document the authorization of Austin’s various contracts and other matters of general concern to the colony. The English Field Notes are books and notebooks of surveys made by for the colony by Anglo surveyors, which were then copied and translated into Spanish and filed with the land grant files. Austin’s Register of Families, written in 1825, consists of a list of colonists, their families and any dependents or enslaved persons, and from where they emigrated. For the titles created through each empresario contract fulfilled, there are 5 volumes (1840-1841) containing English translations of the titles and one volume of transcribed English translations of field notes (undated).

Nearly half of the material, 28 linear feet, comes from the survey plats and from the Corrected Map of Austin's Colony, the latter of which measures 8 ft. x 8 ft. The maps are stored in 7 map case drawers.

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Arrangement

Austin's Colony Records are arranged into 4 series:
1. Contract Records and correspondence, 1825-1836 includes one sub-series:
a. Correspondence relating to land distribution, 1825-1836
Because the Records are physically part of the Spanish Collection, the contract records and correspondence are mixed in with material from other collections which accounts for the addition of 7 document boxes while only adding 5 linear inches of material to the collection.
2. Titles, 1824-1835
3. Testimonios and character certificates, 1830-1835
4. Survey field notes and maps, 1824-1837; undated

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

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Index Terms

Arciniega, Miguel, Commissioner
Arizpe, José Ignacio de, Governor
Barnett, Thomas
Bastrop, Baron de, 1759-1827
Becerra, Manuel
Blanco, Víctor
Browne, Samuel P.
Buentello, Tomás
Chriesman, Horatio, 1797-1878
Cos, Martín Perfecto de, 1800-1854
Eca y Múzquiz, Rafael, Governor
Elozúa, Antonio, ca. 1783-1833
Flores de Abrego, José Gaspar María, Commissioner, 1781-1836
García, Luciano, Governor
Gonzales, Rafael, Governor
Irala, J. Mariano
Johnson, Francis White
Letona, José María de, Governor, 1799–1832
López, Gaspar Antonio
Martínez, Antonio, Governor, -1823
Mier y Terán, Manuel de, 1789-1832
Miller, James B.
Músquiz, Ramón
Navarro, Jose Antonio, 1795-1871
Navarro, Ángel, 1748-1808
Perry, James F.
Piedras, José de las, -1839
Saucedo, José Antonio
Steele, William H.
Trespalacios, José Félix, Governor, -1835
Trudeau, Félix
Ugartechea, José Domingo, -1839
Valle, Santiago del
Viesca, Agustín, Governor, 1779-1845
Viesca, José María
Ximénez, Manuel
Austin's Colony (Tex.)
Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)--History--Sources
Emigration and immigration--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Mexico--History--1821-1860--Sources
Public records--Texas
Spanish Collection
Surveying--Texas

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Related Archival Materials note

Related archival material in the archives of the Texas General Land Office:

1. Statement made by Stephen F. Austin to the President of the Senate of Texas, December 5, 1836 (9 pages). [GSC 4.19] to Robertson’s Colony.

2. Draft of James F. Perry’s report to the Texas Congress on Austin’s Colony, nd (6 pages). [GSC 4.22]

3. S.F. Austin vs. The Republic, Decrees and Injunctions #1. Copies of documents from the District Court at Harrisburg, 1838.

4. Excerpts from the Character Certificates appear in Character Certificates in the General Land Office of Texas, edited by Gifford White, Ingmire Publications, 1985. GLO Library Collection F 385 W533 1985.

Related archival material in the archives of the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin:

Additional correspondence and documents pertaining to the government regulation of Austin's Colony appear in the Bexar Archives.

The bulk of Austin's correspondence is located in the Austin Papers at the Briscoe Center. Most of these letters have been published in the Austin Papers, edited by Eugene Barker.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History note

The first Texas land commissioner, John P. Borden, obtained the Austin Colony Records in 1837 as part of his orders to acquire all records pertaining to land grants in the possession of empresarios and other authorities. The earliest known inventory of the records of Austin's Colony was prepared November 14, 1835 by Asa Mitchell, Robert Peebles, and C. C. Dyer, acting as commissioners for the Consultation when the Mexican land offices were closed. The general description in that list agrees with the present inventory of the Austin's Colony Records.

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Austin's Colony Records (AR.87.AU). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Digital Copies

Materials have been digitized. See the Texas General Land Office Land Grant Database and input the surname of the individual grantee.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Contract Records and correspondence, 1825-1836

Austin’s Colony, 1825-1836
Box Folder, Page
29 1, p. 1 1. Flores, Commissioner Gaspar, 182[8]
Scope and Contents of the Record
List of titles issued in Austin's first colony showing grantee names, amount granted, and date of title; compiled by Commissioner Gaspar Flores. (12 pp.)
2, p. 1 2. Stephen F. Austin’s second empresario contract, 7/15/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Stephen F. Austin's 1825 colonization contract with the state of Coahuila and Texas, with copies of the following documents: Austin’s petition to the supreme executive power requesting permission to settle 200-300 families in the area of his first colony and to establish a town on Galveston Island or at some other point on Galveston Bay suitable for a port (11/6/1824); a communication from Austin to the governor of Coahuila and Texas concerning settlers bound for his colony that had remained on the Trinity and Neches rivers and his proposal to locate settlers near the San Antonio Road to counter Indian incursions, and remitting a small map of Galveston Island and bay with the promise to send a more exact map at a later date (2/4/1825); Governor Rafael Gonzales to Austin consenting to the settlement of 300 families and specifying the terms and conditions of the contract (4/27/1825); Austin's acceptance of the terms and conditions of the contract (6/4/1825); Austin's communication to the governor asking permission to settle 500 families (including on Galveston Island) and requesting the enactment of a law guaranteeing the settlers’ ownership of their slaves (4/4/1825); the governor's consent to locate 500 families in the area designated in Austin's contract and notice that the matters pertaining to the establishment of a port at Galveston and to the introduction of slaves was the purview of the Mexican Congress (5/20/1825). This copy made by Juan Antonio Padilla on 7/15/1825. (Expediente, copy, 12 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 43
3, p. 13 3. Gonzales, Gov. Rafael to Stephen F. Austin, 5/20/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
In response to Austin's letter dated 4/4/1825 (see Box 29:2), gives his consent to locate 500 families in the area designated for his contract and advises that the matters pertaining to the port of Galveston and the introduction of slaves must be submitted to the Mexican Congress. (Saltillo, L.S., 3 pp.)
3, p. 17 4. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to Stephen F. Austin, 3/7/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Additional article defining the boundaries for Austin's 1825 empresario contract. (Saltillo, L.S., 3 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 51
3, p. 21 5. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to Gaspar Flores, 4/21/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Informing Flores of his appointment as commissioner for Austin’s colony. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 52
3, p. 23 6. Flores, Comm. Gaspar, 1/20/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Appointing Horatio Chriesman and Seth Ingram surveyors for Austin's [second] contract and instructing them to adjust their chains and variation of the compass to the standards employed in surveying the town of San Felipe de Austin. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 1 p.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 53
4, p. 1 7. Viesca [Gov. José María] to Stephen F. Austin, 7/9/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transmitting copies of the colonization laws and instructions to commissioners by which Austin is to be governed as commissioner of the "Coast Colony." See Box 29:4, pp. 23-35 for these laws and instructions. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 1 p.)
4, p. 3 8. Stephen F. Austin’s “Coast Colony” empresario contract, 7/12/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Stephen F. Austin's 1828 colonization contract, the "Coast Colony" contract, with copies of the following documents: Austin to the governor of Coahuila and Texas requesting permission to colonize the littoral leagues (6/5/1826); Governor Víctor Blanco to the minister of state and relations reporting favorably on Austin's petition (7/17/1826); Minister Cañedo to the governor communicating the president's approval of Austin's request (4/22/1828); Austin to the governor asking to be appointed commissioner for the littoral leagues and for authorization to designate and take his premium lands (6/2/1828); the terms and conditions of the contract, including the appointment of Austin as commissioner (Article 4) (7/9/1828); Juan Antonio Padilla’s certification of the copy (7/12/1828); and Austin's acceptance of the terms and conditions of the contract, indicating the number of settlers to be included (7/29/1828). [Note: Begins on p. 3-4 and continues on p. 9.] (Expediente, copy, 13 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 151
4, p. 5 9. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of the Dept. of Béxar, to Stephen F. Austin, 5/14/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribes a communication of 4/22/1828 from the minister of state and relations reporting the president's approval of Austin's request to colonize the coast leagues between the Lavaca and the San Jacinto rivers. The margin of the first page includes a response in the hand of Samuel M. Williams dated 6/2/1828. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 23 10. [Viesca, Gov. José María] to [Stephen F. Austin], 7/9/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Copy of the 1824 National Colonization Law (see letter from Viesca to Austin in Box 29:4, p. 1.) (Copy, 4 pp.)
4, p. 27 11. [Viesca, Gov. José María] to [Stephen F. Austin], 7/9/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
1825 Colonization Law of the state of Coahuila and Texas (Samuel Bangs imprint, 1828). (Leona Vicario, imprint, 4 pp.)
4, p. 31 12. [Viesca, Gov. José María] to [Stephen F. Austin], 7/9/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Instructions to commissioners, 1827. (Leona Vicario, copy, 5 pp.)
5, p. 1 13. Stephen F. Austin’s “Little Colony” empresario contract, 11/20/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Stephen F. Austin's 1827 colonization contract ("Little Colony"), with copies of the following documents: Austin to the governor of the state requesting permission to settle 100 families and to establish a town above the San Antonio Road on the Colorado River (10/11/1827); the conditions and terms of the contract (11/20/1827). This copy made by Juan Antonio Padilla on 11/20/1827. (Expediente, copy, 7 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 131
Box Folder, Page
126 1, p. 1 723. Baron de Bastrop to Antonio Martínez, Governor of the Province of Texas, 1/28/1822
Scope and Contents of the Record
Inquiring whether Governor Martínez had recommended him to the provincial deputation as surveyor for the new [Austin] colony. (Béxar, A.L.S., 1 pp.)
1, p. 2 724. Baron de Bastrop, Vice-President of the Junta Gubernativa of Province of Texas, to Postmaster of Béxar, 7/8/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating that Luciano García had assumed the position of interim governor of Texas following the discontinuation of the junta gubernativa. (Béxar, imprint, signed, 1 p.)
1, p. 3 725. [No Title], 1/20/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
1823 Imperial Colonization Law, with order that it be publicized. (Saltillo, imprint, 2 pp.)
1, p. 5 726. Baron de Bastrop to Luciano García, Governor and Political Chief of Texas, 8/11/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting on his meeting with the colonists on the Colorado and on having informed them of Austin's appointment as judge and military commander of the colony; gives notice of plans to begin surveying. (Castleman's on the Colorado River, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
1, p. 6 727. Gonzales, Gov. Rafael to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 4/6/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribes the answer sent to Austin relative to his complaint about certain individuals from La Bahía, San Antonio, Rio Grande and other places congregating in his colony and requests from the political chief a report on the number of Mexican families locating in the new settlements. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
2, p. 7 728. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 3/28/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Census of Austin’s colony, 1826; includes cover letter. (San Felipe de Austin, D.S., 20 pp.)
3, p. 18 729. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 3/30/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging receipt of the communication transmitting Austin's explanation for his failure to map Galveston Bay. (Saltillo, L.S., 1 pp.)
3, p. 19 730. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 3/18/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Providing an account of his reconnaissance of Galveston Bay and arguments for establishing a customs house provisionally at the mouth of the Brazos instead of at Galveston. Also, Austin's notes to accompany his map of Galveston Island. This copy dated at Béxar 4/16/1826. (San Felipe de Austin, copy, 6 pp.)
3, p. 23 731. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 3/27/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter to accompany list of expenses incurred in examining the bay, island and port of Galveston; list not found here. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
3, p. 24 732. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 5/5/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging receipt of Austin's map and report of Galveston Island and informing that they would be forwarded to the supreme government. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
3, p. 25 733. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 5/8/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting the appointment of a commissioner for his colony and recommending Seth Ingram and Horatio Chriesman as surveyors for his colony and James Kerr for DeWitt’s colony. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S, 2 pp.)
3, p. 26 734. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 5/8/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Giving reasons for not answering letters (trip with Arciniega to put him in possession of land for Juan Antonio Padilla, preparing campaign against the Indians, etc.). (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
3, p. 27 735. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 5/8/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating his willingness to accept land in compensation for expenses incurred in mapping the island, bay and port of Galveston. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
3, p. 28 736. Viesca [Gov. José María] to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/17/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Answering Austin's questions concerning the manner of governing his colony; contains instructions on establishing the ayuntamiento, limits of the municipality, the militia, and the Austin colony records. Communicated by the political chief to Austin on 12/11/1827. (Saltillo, L.S., 4 pp.)
3, p.30 737. Viesca [Gov. José María] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 12/20/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Gaspar Flores to cease acting as commissioner, replaced by the appointment of Juan Antonio Padilla as commissioner general. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
3, p. 31 738. Flores, Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 1/27/1829
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging his replacement as commissioner by Juan Antonio Padilla. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p.33 739. Austin, Stephen F. to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 7/23/1829
Scope and Contents of the Record
Remitting his original map of Texas and notes for the purpose of having them forwarded to the president of Mexico. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 34 740. Austin, Stephen F. to Lorenzo de Zavala, Minister of the Treasury, 7/23/1829
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing his communication to the political chief of Texas relative to forwarding his map of Texas to the president of Mexico. Indicates that a copy of the map in English had been sent to Philadelphia for publication but that the version sent to Mexico was more complete and accurate. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 35 741. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Stephen F. Austin, 8/3/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that Austin's request for the appointment of Gaspar Flores as commissioner for his second contract and Samuel M. Williams for his third contract had been forwarded to the governor. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
4, p. 36 742. Elozúa, Antonio, Principal Commandant of Texas, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 9/6/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requests a report on whether the 57 persons unloaded by the sloop Hetta at Lavaca belonged to Austin’s colony. Includes draft of Músquiz' answer of 9/14/1830 indicating that the immigrants in question had located temporarily in DeWitt’s colony but intended to relocate in Austin’s colony. (Béxar, A.L.S., Df., 2 pp.)
4, p. 37 743. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [José María Viesca,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 7/19/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that the previous communication from the alcalde of Goliad relative to the unloading of 54 families at the Lavaca was in error. (Béxar, Df., 1 pp.)
4, p. 38 744. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Antonio Elozúa, Principal Commandant of Texas, 9/14/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting that the 57 immigrants unloaded at the Lavaca by the sloop Hetta had located temporarily in DeWitt’s colony but intended to relocate in Austin’s colony. Draft of this letter found in Box 126:4, p. 36. (L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 40 745. Arciniega, Miguel to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/26/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing Arciniega’s appointment by the governor as commissioner for Austin’s colony. (Béxar, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 41 746. Austin, Stephen F. to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/30/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of the communication on Arciniega's appointment as commissioner and indicates his intention to depart on Dec. 15 for the state capital to assume his duties as deputy in the state Congress. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 42 747. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Comm. Miguel Arciniega, 2/2/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging the communication transcribing Arciniega's appointment as commissioner; instructs him on the manner of preparing the report of his activities. (Df., 2 pp.)
4, p. 43 748. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 6/14/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging a communication relative to frontage of surveys on rivers, creeks or lakes. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 45 749. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 6/14/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting clarification of the instructions on the amount of frontage on watercourses. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
4, p. 46 750. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Comm. Miguel Arciniega, 6/25/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Answers Arciniega's inquiry of 6/14/1831 (Box 126:4, p. 45) relative to frontage on watercourses. (Goliad, Df., 1 p.)
4, p. 48 751. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 6/28/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging instructions pertaining to the order of preference when the same land had been granted to several individuals. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
5, p. 50 752. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Comm. Francisco Madero, 7/31/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting a report on the boundaries established for the town of Liberty and encroachment on the boundary set for the municipality of San Felipe de Austin. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
5, p. 51 753. Chriesman, Horatio, Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 5/26/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging receipt of the instructions related to individuals authorized to obtain land from the state government who request to be put in possession of it. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
5, p. 52B 754. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, 9/27/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Relative to measures for apprehending certain criminals if Stephen F. Austin failed to arrest them. (Béxar, copy, 2 pp.)
5, p. 52A 755. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 5/29/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging instructions relative to reporting on the individuals authorized to obtain land from the state government who applied to be put in possession of their land. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
5, p. 53 756. Valle, Santiago del, Secretary of the State Government, to Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 5/20/1833
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transmitting an order from the vice-governor instructing Arciniega to suspend his activities as commissioner in light of the insubordination in Austin’s colony. (Monclova, L.S., 2 pp.)
5, p. 54 757. [Arciniega, Miguel,] Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [Santiago del Valle, Secretary of the State Government], 6/15/1833
Scope and Contents of the Record
In response to the communication dated May 20, 1833 (Box 126:5, p. 53), acknowledges his suspension as commissioner for Austin’s colony and gives the approximate number of titles issued by him, asking that he be allowed to postpone a full report until the fall when the annual illness in the colony had subsided and he could travel safely to San Felipe de Austin, where he left his records. (Béxar, Df., 3 pp.)
5, p. 56 758. [Ximénez, Manuel,] Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Vice-Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 4/7/1833
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting a decision on Miguel Arciniega's reasons for refusing to assume office as alcalde of Béxar. (Béxar, Df., 3 pp.)
5, p. 57 759. Arciniega, Miguel to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 3/21/1833
Scope and Contents of the Record
Explaining his reasons for refusing to serve as alcalde of Béxar. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 13 pp.)
6, p. 65 760. Trudeau, Félix, Spanish Agent at Natchitoches, to [Antonio Martínez,] Governor of Texas and Cabildo of Béxar, 7/12/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Letter vouching for the good character and intentions of Moses Austin, deceased, and his son Stephen F. Austin. (Natchitoches, L.S., 3 pp.)
6, p. 67 761. Austin, Stephen F. to Antonio Martínez, Governor of the Province of Texas, 8/18/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Austin's plan for distributing land to colonists (translated to Spanish by Baron de Bastrop). (Béxar, copy, 2 pp.)
6, p. 68 762. [Martínez, Antonio, Governor of the Province of Texas] to Stephen F. Austin, 8/19/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Approval of Austin's land distribution plan subject to the modifications the supreme government might wish to make. (Béxar, copy, 1 p.)
6, p. 69 763. [Martínez, Antonio, Governor of the Province of Texas] to Stephen F. Austin, 8/14/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Authorizing Austin to select a site on the Colorado River for his colony and to sound the Colorado from said site to its mouth; indicates also the items that the colonists could introduce duty free and those on which duties would be collected; Austin to be responsible for the conduct of his colonists. (Béxar, copy, 3 pp.)
6, p. 71 764. Buentello, Tomás [Alcalde of La Bahía,] to Antonio Martínez, Governor of the Province of Texas, 9/19/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter with Buentello's comments accompanying Manuel Becerra's itinerary of his trip with Austin to explore the area of his proposed settlement. (La Bahía, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
6, p. 72 765. Becerra, Manuel, 9/11/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Itinerary of a trip with Stephen F. Austin to the area of the proposed settlement. (Presidio de La Bahía, D.S., 2 pp.)
6, p. 74 766. López, Gaspar, Commandant General, to [José Félix Trespalacios,] Governor of Texas, 1/5/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing the captain general's approval of the measures adopted and of the rules and regulations given by Bastrop for installing the civic and military authorities of Austin's first colony. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
6, p. 75 767. [Trespalacios, José Félix, Governor of Texas] to Baron de Bastrop, 11/10/1822
Scope and Contents of the Record
Instructions relative to the civil and military organization of the settlers on the Colorado and Brazos rivers. (Béxar, D., 2 p.)
6, p. 76 768. Bastrop, Baron de to [José Félix Trespalacios, Governor of Texas], 11/20/1822
Scope and Contents of the Record
Report of Bastrop's trip to the Colorado River to install the civic and military authorities in Austin's first colony (Box 126:6, pp. 77 and 78). Includes Bastrop's instructions to the newly designated authorities (Box 126:6, p. 77). (Béxar, copy, 5 pp.) 21
6, p. 79 769. Austin, Stephen F. to Junta Gubernativa of Texas, 5/20/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting his arrival in Monterrey and the approval by the supreme government of Mexico of his new settlement in Texas (in English). (Monterrey, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
6, p. 80 770. Austin, Stephen F. to Junta Gubernativa de Texas, 6/4/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Giving notice of his arrival in Monterrey and the approval of his new settlement. Draft translation to Spanish by Bastrop, 6/4/1823. Original in Box 126:6, p. 79. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
7, p. 81 771. Establishing Austin’s Colony, 1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Establishing Austin’s colony, with the following documents: a communication from Captain General Anastasio Bustamante to Commandant General Gaspar López (3/20/1823); copy of the report of the Council of State relative to Austin's proposed settlement (1/14/1823); copy of the imperial decree of 2/18/1823; copy of Austin's memorial re ratification of his contract [see in Registro, p. 10 ] (4/5/1823); copy of a decree of the Supreme Mexican Congress [see in Registro] (4/11/1823); copy of the decree of the supreme executive power (4/14/1823); Austin's request to Felipe de la Garza, political chief and commandant general of the Eastern Interior Provinces, for clarification of his authority (5/27/1823); report of the Committee of the Provincial Deputation relative to Austin's request for clarification (6/2/1823); resolution of the most excellent provincial delegation in assembly (6/11/1823); decree of Felipe de la Garza (6/16/1823); and the appointment of Baron de Bastrop as commissioner (7/16/1823). (Expediente, copies, L.S., 19 pp.)
General Note
Translations of Records [Registro], pp. 8-15
8, p. 91 772. Council of State, 1/14/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Copy of the report of the Council of State relative to Austin's proposed settlement in Texas. (Copy, 4 pp.)
8, p. 93 773, 2/18/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Imperial decree relative to Austin's proposed settlement in Texas (this copy made in Mexico City on March 11, 1823). (Mexico City, copy, 4 pp.)
9, p. 95 774. Bastrop, Baron de to Luciano García, Interim Governor of the Province of Texas, 7/26/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging his appointment as commissioner for Austin’s colony and reporting his readiness to undertake his commission. (Béxar, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
9, p. 96 775. Bastrop, Comm. Baron de to Luciano García, Interim Governor of the Province of Texas, 7/26/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating his planned departure the following day to fulfill his commission. (Béxar, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
9, p. 97 776. Bastrop, Comm. Baron de to Luciano García, Interim Governor of Province of Texas, 8/28/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting that Indian hostilities had caused delays in surveying on the Colorado River and announcing his departure to locate a site for the town of San Felipe de Austin either on the Colorado or the Brazos rivers. (Castleman's on the Colorado, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
9, p. 98 777. [Austin, Stephen F.] to Luciano García, Interim Governor of Province of Texas, 8/28/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting the theft of horses by Indians and requesting information on the troops that were to be sent to help defend the colony. (Castleman's on the Colorado, A.L., 2 pp.)
9, p. 99 778. Gonzales, Gov. Rafael to Alcalde of Béxar, 9/14/1824
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transmitting a copy of the National Colonization Law of August 18, 1824. (Saltillo, imprint, 3 pp.)
9, p. 101 779. Saucedo, José Antonio, Political Chief of Texas, to Stephen F. Austin, 9/21/1824
Scope and Contents of the Record
Approval to extend the jurisdiction of Austin’s colony to the San Jacinto River. (Béxar, copy, 1 p.)
9, p. 102 780. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Texas, 9/2/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reports giving possession of land to José de Sandoval and requests approval. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
9, p. 103 781. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 2/7/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Authorizing Gaspar Flores to close the business of Austin's first contract. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
9, p. 104 782. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 4/18/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging his appointment to conclude the business of Austin's first contract. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
10, p. 105 783. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 5/31/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing a communication to Gaspar Flores on the use of a bound book or "registro" to record the documents and titles of Austin's first colony. (Saltillo, L.S., 3 pp.)
10, p. 107 784. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de], 5/31/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Copy of the document relative to the "Registro" (Box 126:10, p. 105). (Copy, 3 pp.)
10, p. 109 785. Blanco [Gov. Víctor] to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 8/1/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing the official request from the state Congress for information about land distribution and dues collected in Austin's first colony. (Saltillo, L.S., 3 pp.)
10, p. 111 786. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 12/29/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter accompanying a report relative to the swearing of the oath of allegiance to the state Constitution; report not found here. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
10, p. 112 787. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 3/11/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting on his arrival at San Felipe de Austin and on his readiness to begin the work pending Austin’s arrival. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 1 p.)
10, p. 113 788. Austin, Stephen F., 1/12/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
James A. E. Phelps given an extension of six months to remove his family to Texas. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 1 p.)
11, p. 114 789. Austin, Stephen F. to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of the Dept. of Texas, 9/13/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting instructions on surveying land in advance of the appointment of a commissioner and on fees to be collected from the colonists. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 6 pp.)
11, p. 118 790. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 5/6/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter transmitting a copy of Austin's contract for 500 families. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
11, p. 120 791. Austin, Stephen F. to [Rafael Gonzales,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 4/4/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Petition to settle 500 more families in Texas; request for the establishment of a port at Galveston and that emigrants be allowed to bring their slaves and servants and that a law be passed guaranteeing their property rights. (San Felipe de Austin, copy, 3 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 48
11, p. 122 792. Gonzales, Gov. Rafael to Stephen F. Austin, 5/20/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Granting Austin permission to settle 500 more families. (Saltillo, copy, 1 p.)
11, p. 123 793. Austin, Stephen F. to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 1/15/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting the presence of Commissioner Gaspar Flores to complete matters pending in the colony. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
11, p. 124 794. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 1/27/1829
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging notice of his election as alcalde of Béxar. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
11, p. 126 795. Austin, Stephen F. to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 1/12/1829
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging the election of Gaspar Flores as alcalde of Béxar but requesting that he be allowed to continue in the colony as commissioner at least until April. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 1 p.)
11, p. 128 796. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Stephen F. Austin, 11/25/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing the governor's communication on Arciniega's appointment as commissioner for Austin’s colony. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
12, p. 129 797. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [Rafael Eca y Múzquiz,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 12/5/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting that he had informed Austin of Arciniega's appointment as commissioner for his colony. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
12, p. 130 798. White, Walter C. [Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin,] to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 10/31/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter enclosing a list of persons who received land from Commissioner Gaspar Flores in 1827 and 1828. For list see Box 126:12, p. 131. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
12, p. 131 799. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to [Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar], 1/30/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
List of titles issued by Gaspar Flores in 1827 and 1828 showing classification of land and amounts due. See Músquiz letter of Nov. 8, 1831 (Box 126:12, p. 137) with reference to classification of land. See also letter in Box 126:12, p. 140. (San Felipe de Austin, D.S., 3 pp.)
12, p. 133 800. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Alcalde of Austin, 11/8/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging receipt of list of land dues and instructing that colonists be notified of penalties for nonpayment of dues. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
12, p. 134 801. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/2/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter and list of amounts due on titles issued by Commissioner Gaspar Flores under Austin's contract for 500 families and on four titles in Austin's first contract [pp. 134-136]. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., D.S., 5 pp.)
12, p. 137 802. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Comm. Miguel Arciniega, 11/8/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating a request to reclassify lands included in the list reported under date of Nov. 2, 1831 (see 126:12, pp. 135-136). (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
12, p. 139 803. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 12/28/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter accompanying a list of lands granted by Gaspar Flores in 1828 and 1829 [sic] and reclassified as per instructions from Músquiz dated Nov. 8, 1831 (see Box 126:12, p. 138). List not found here. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
12, p. 140 804. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Comm. Miguel Arciniega, 1/4/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Returning list of reclassified lands dated 12/28/1831 for surveyors' signatures and instructing that a copy of the list be provided to the ayuntamiento for purposes of collecting the amounts due. For the list prepared by Arciniega see Box 126:12, p. 131. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
12, p. 141 805. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, 1/4/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Instructing that the collection of land dues proceed in accordance with the list of reclassified lands provided by Arciniega. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
13, p. 142 806. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 1/25/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Inquiring whether the stepchildren of colonist Hatch could receive a separate grant. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
13, p. 144 807. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Comm. Miguel Arciniega, 2/2/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that the stepchildren of Hatch were not entitled to land while they remained dependants of their parents. (Béxar, copy, 2 pp.)
13, p. 145 808. Chriesman, Horatio, Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 2/7/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating receipt of a list of reclassified land dues from Commissioner Arciniega; collections to be made in accordance therewith. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
13, p. 146 809. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel, to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 2/7/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter to accompany a list of reclassified land dues on grants made by Gaspar Flores in 1827 and 1828. For list see Box 126:12, p. 131. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
13, p. 147 810. Letona [Gov. José María de] to Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 4/12/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that colonists introduced prior to June 4, 1831, could be legally included in Austin's 1825 contract and given possession of land. Notice of this decision given to Commissioner Arciniega on May 2 [1832]. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
13, p. 148 811. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 5/3/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging receipt of a decision by the governor on the admission of 78 families [under the terms of Austin's 1825 contract]. (Béxar, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
13, p. 149 812. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Comm. Miguel Arciniega, 5/2/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating the decision of the governor on the families that could be included in Austin's 1825 contract. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
13, p. 150 813. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [Horatio Chriesman,] Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, 5/8/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that the ayuntamiento should collect land dues and make arrangements for remitting the amounts collected. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
13, p. 151 814. Chriesman, Horatio, Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 5/26/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating the posting of public notices listing the colonists and amounts due the government on their land. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
13, p. 152 815. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [Horatio Chriesman,] Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, 9/27/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Inquires whether land dues had been collected, requests the names of colonists who had not paid, and asks for an immediate response to his inquiry. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
14, p. 153 816. Chriesman, Horatio, Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 10/13/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that the land dues on land titled by Gaspar Flores in 1827 and 1828 had been collected from all but J. Vance and Ralph Wright and that all amounts collected were used to outfit Lt. Col. Ugartechea's troops. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
14, p. 154 817. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, 10/23/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that the ayuntamiento had no right to dispose of funds due the state on land fees collected and that the amount expended in aiding Lt. Col. Ugartechea's troops had to be repaid immediately to the state's coffers. nonpayment of dues. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.) Advises further that the titles of Jesse Vance and Ralph Wright were declared forfeited for 25
14, p. 155 818. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Samuel M. Williams, Receiver of State Treasury, 10/23/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Informing him of the notice to the alcalde [of San Felipe de Austin] on the improper use of state funds and the order to repay the state accounts. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
14, p. 156 819. Flores, Gaspar to Stephen F. Austin, 10/24/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating the death of José Antonio Saucedo and requesting an account of amounts due from Bastrop's estate. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
14, p. 157 820. Eca y Múzquiz [Gov. Rafael] to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/6/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Relative to collecting land fees due from Austin's first contract and from his 1825 contract with the state. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
14, p. 158 821. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 11/22/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Informing the ayuntamiento of the governor's communication of 11/6/1832 (Box 126:14, p. 157) on the collection of land dues and requesting that payments be made and that a monthly report be prepared showing dues collected. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
14, p. 159 822. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [Rafael Eca y Múzquiz,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 12/20/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that, in keeping with the governor's order of 11/6/1832 (Box 126:14, p. 157), he had instructed the ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin to collect the amounts due on Austin's first contract and attaches copies of his official communications relative to collecting dues on Austin's second contract [copies not found here]. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
15, p. 160 823. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 1/13/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Inquires who is to pay for the cost of surveying the coast leagues reserve. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
15, p. 161 824. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 2/7/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that until such time as a determination could be made of who should pay for surveying the coast leagues reserve, the decision of whether a given location was in or outside the reserve should be made by the commissioner and the surveyor at the site by consulting the map. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
15, p. 162 825. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 4/18/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging receipt of letter regarding the coast leagues (Box 126:15, p. 161). (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
15, p. 163 826. Viesca [Gov. José María] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 5/3/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing the approval of Austin's “Coast Colony” by the president of Mexico. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
15, p. 164 827. Austin, Stephen F. to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 6/2/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging approval of the “Coast Colony” by the president of Mexico. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
15, p. 165 828. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [José María de Letona,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 9/11/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting that the political chief's office was not officially advised of Austin's appointment as commissioner for his “Coast Colony” and requesting that Austin be asked to act in this capacity in concurrence with the political chief's office. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
15, p. 166 829. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [Gov. José María de] Letona, 9/25/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting a copy of Austin's “Coast Colony” contract. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
15, p. 167 830. Letona [Gov. José María de] to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 10/11/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Advising that Austin's appointment as commissioner for his “Coast Colony” could not be verified from the records in the government's office and that, upon his arrival to the capital in January, Austin would be questioned in this regard. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
15, p. 168 831. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [José María de Letona,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 11/5/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter to accompany copy of Article 4 of Austin's “Coast Colony” contract in which he is named both empresario and commissioner. Copies of Article 4 follow here on pages 169 and 170. (Béxar, Df., 3 pp.)
16, p. 171 832. Austin and Williams’ empresario contract, 2/25/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Conditions of Stephen F. Austin and Samuel M. Williams' “Upper Colony” empresario contract for 800 families. (Leona Vicario, copy, 4 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 190
17, p. 173 833. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [José María de Letona,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 7/30/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of a copy of Austin and Williams' empresario contract and of a list of the purchasers and settlers who received the consent of the government to locate in the department of Béxar. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
17, p. 174 834. Austin, Stephen F. to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/20/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
In response to the political chief's communication of 8/17/1832, reports on the number of families that had not received titles and on the advisability of including them in Austin and Williams' contract and settling them in the interior of the colony. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 4 pp.)
Box Folder, Page
129 26, Doc. 1 1369. Aldasoro, Ambrosio María de, Texas Representative in the Provincial Deputation, to the Ayuntamiento of Béxar, 1/17/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating the approval by the political chief and the provincial deputation of the Eastern Interior Provinces at Monterrey of Moses Austin's petition to settle 300 families in Texas and approval to establish a port at San Bernardo Bay. (Monterrey, L.S., 4 pp.)
26, Doc. 2 1370. Martínez, Antonio, Governor of Texas, to Alcalde of Béxar, 8/14/1821
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing a letter from the superior political chief communicating the decision by the provincial deputation that land distribution to Austin's colonists was the responsibility of the ayuntamiento in whose jurisdiction the colony was established. Requests that the ayuntamiento of Béxar appoint a person of confidence to accompany Austin on his trip to explore possible settlement areas. (Béxar, A.L.S., 4 pp.)
26 Doc. 3 1371. Comm. Baron de Bastrop to Luciano García, Acting Governor of Texas, 10/20/1823
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting on the selection of a place to establish the town of San Felipe de Austin and on its advantages. (Brazos River, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
26, Doc. 4 1372. Austin, Stephen F. to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Texas, 6/20/1824
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting Saucedo to come to the colony or to send Commissioner Baron de Bastrop for the purpose of issuing land titles to the settlers. (San Felipe de Austin, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
Gaspar Flores’ Correspondence Book, 1825-1836
Box Folder, Page
123 6, p. 63 347. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to [Gov. José Ignacio de Arizpe], 0/0/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging a communication of 4/21/1826 appointing him commissioner to distribute land under Austin's colonization contract (No. 1). (Béxar, copybook)
6, p. 63 348. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 11/28/1826
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting instructions from Saucedo in light of Stephen F. Austin's communication advising that Flores could commence to distribute land under Austin's second contract (No. 2). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 284
6, p. 63 349. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 1/13/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Stresses the importance of demarcating the 10 coast leagues and inquires who is to pay for the expense of surveying them (No. 3). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 285
6, p. 64 350. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Stephen F. Austin, 1/15/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requests Austin to propose two surveyors for the purpose of beginning land distribution under Austin's second empresario contract (No. 4). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 64
6, p. 64 351. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Vice-Governor Víctor Blanco, 1/18/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges an order to put Roberto Luis [Robert Lewis] and Francisco A. By. [sic] in possession of 10 leagues of land (No. 5). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 285
6, p. 64 352. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 4/18/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of a communication from the political chief inserting an order from the vice-governor in response to an inquiry by Flores and Austin relative to the manner of surveying the coast leagues reserve (No. 6). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 285
6, p. 64 353. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 4/19/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of a communication from the political chief inserting an order of the vice-governor authorizing Flores to complete the business of Austin's first colony (No. 7). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 286
6, p. 65 354. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Vice-Governor Víctor Blanco, 4/24/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of a communication of 3/7/1827 transcribing a letter sent by the governor to Austin relative to the limits of his colony (No. 8). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 286
6, p. 65 355. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Vice-Governor Víctor Blanco, 4/24/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reports why his work had not commenced before this time and requests advice on the fees that as commissioner he is authorized to collect from the colonists (No. 9). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 286
6, p. 65 356. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Stephen F. Austin, 5/10/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
In consideration of his inability to supervise the surveys due to illness, encloses surveying instructions to Austin and asks him to make certain that they are observed (No. 10). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 287
6, p. 66 357. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to [Stephen F. Austin], 5/10/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Instructions to surveyors (No. 11). (San Felipe de Austin, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 287
6, p. 66 358. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Gov. José Ignacio de Arizpe, 7/8/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges the governor's order of 5/31/1827 on copying the documents and titles of Austin's first colony into a bound record book (No. 12). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 288
6, p. 66 359. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Gov. José Ignacio de Arizpe, 7/8/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Gives reasons for not having completed his commission and advises of his intention to return to Austin’s colony in the fall (No. 13). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 288
6, p. 67 360. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to José Antonio Saucedo, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 7/17/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of a communication from the political chief inserting an order of the governor relative to the settlers who were to be admitted by the empresarios in their colonies and to restricting settlement in the coast and border leagues to those who had the consent of the central government (No. 14). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 288
6, p. 67 361. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 8/29/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Responds to a request from the vice-governor of the state for information regarding the land granted under Austin's first contract and on the payments made or due on them (No. 15). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 289
6, p. 68 362. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 1/29/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Inquires who is to pay for the cost of copying the titles and documents of Austin's first colony into the bound record book (No. 16). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 289
6, p. 68 363. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 8/1/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reports on his commission and on the number of titles issued under Austin's first and second contracts (No. 17). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 290
6, p. 68 364. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 8/1/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transmits the petitions of several colonists who had requested five-league grants in Austin’s colony (No. 18). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 290
6, p. 68 365. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 8/29/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges his appointment as commissioner to put Capt. Francisco Rojo in possession of four leagues of land near the Neches River (No. 19). (Béxar, copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 290
6, p. 69 366. Flores, Comm. Gaspar to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, 8/29/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of a communication regulating the fees to be paid the commissioners for their services (No. 20). (Copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 291
6, p. 69 367. Flores, Comm. Gaspar, 12/20/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Notes completion of the itemized report on land grants under Austin's first empresario contract (No. 21). (Copybook)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 291
6, p. 69 368. Flores, Comm. Gaspar, 12/7/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Log of Flores' trips to and from San Felipe de Austin in 1826, 1827, and 1828 in the exercise of his commission. (San Felipe de Austin, 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 291
Measures Regulating Anglo-American Immigration into Texas, 1825-1836
Box Folder, Page
125 1, p. 8 514. Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General, to [Antonio Elozúa,] Principal Commandant of Texas, 8/21/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Remitting the copy of a form to be required of Austin’s colonists upon their arrival in Texas. (Matamoros, L.S., 3 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 347
2, p. 17 520. Gonzales, Gov. Rafael to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Texas, 5/19/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transmitting a petition from settlers on the Trinity River and advising him to inform them through Stephen F. Austin that the lands they occupied would soon be open to colonization and that they could be admitted as colonists if they obtained the consent of the corresponding empresario and commissioner. Passed by Saucedo to Austin on June 13, 1825. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 351
2, p. 18 521. Arizpe [Gov. José Ignacio de] to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Texas, 2/7/1827
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges the petition from 58 inhabitants on the San Jacinto and Trinity rivers requesting annexation to Austin’s colony and gives his reasons for not acceding to it. (Saltillo, L.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 351
Box Folder, Page
29 6 14. Navarro, José Antonio to Stephen F. Austin, 6/24/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Discussing aspects of Navarro’s commission to issue titles to settlers in the area of Pecan Point (Wavell’s colony). References to Milam, Chambers, and José María Carbajal. (Béxar, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
8 15. Harris, Gowan to H. C. Gray and A. Harris, 8/1/1834
Scope and Contents of the Record
Sale of Gowan Harris' printing press to H. C. Gray and A. Harris. This document is in English. (Brazoria, D.S., 2 pp.)
Box Folder, Page
123 3, p. 41 327. Austin, Stephen F. to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 1/7/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges a communication relative to the appointment of Ramón Músquiz as political chief of the department of Béxar. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 274
3, p. 42 328. Austin, Stephen F. to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 1/15/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges a communication informing that Músquiz had assumed the office of political chief of the department of Béxar. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 274
9, p. 114 398. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to Samuel P. Browne, 3/1/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Appointment of Samuel P. Browne as surveyor in Austin’s colony. (San Felipe de Austin, D.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 315
Box Folder, Page
124 11, p. 293 477. Austin’s “Coast Colony” contract, 7/9/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Terms and conditions of Stephen F. Austin's 1828 "Coast Colony" colonization contract. This copy dated 3/27/1832. See also Box 29:4. (Leona Vicario, copy, 5 pp.)
16, p. 365 482. Stephen F. Austin and Samuel M. Williams’ “Upper Colony” empresario contract, 2/29/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Terms and conditions of Stephen F. Austin and Samuel M. Williams' empresario contract, often referred to as the "Upper Colony" contract. This copy dated 6/30/1831. (Leona Vicario, copy, 5 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 190
21, p. 395 489. Piedras, Col. José de las, Military Commandant of the Frontier, to Stephen F. Austin, 11/12/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting Austin to deny admission in his colony to Alexander Thompson and the families with him because of their illegal entry into the country. (Nacogdoches, copy, 3 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 224
21, p. 399 490. Eca y Músquiz [Gov. Rafael] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/13/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribes the governor's communication to Miguel Arciniega naming him commissioner for Austin’s colony. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 4 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 225
21, p. 403 491. Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General, to Stephen F. Austin, 9/26/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Authorizes Austin to admit as colonists Alexander Thompson and the other families that came with him. (Matamoros, copy, 1 p.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 226
22, p. 432 502. Irala, J. Mariano, Secretary of the State Government, to Political Chief of Dept. of Brazos, 5/30/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communication accompanying the decree returning to Stephen F. Austin and Samuel M. Williams the colony for which they had contracted with the government. (Monclova, L.S., 1 p.)
22, p. 433 503. Irala, J. Mariano, Secretary of the State Government, to Political Chief of Dept. of Brazos, 5/30/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Copy of the communication returning Austin and Williams' colony to them (original in Box 124:22, p. 432 1/2). (Monclova, copy, 1 p.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 234
22, p. 435 504. Viesca, Gov. Agustín to Inhabitants of Coahuila and Texas, 5/18/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Decree returning Austin and Williams' colony to them. (Monclova, imprint, 1 p.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 235
22, p. 437 505. Miller, James B., Political Chief of Dept. of Brazos, to Comm. William H. Steele, 9/23/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Notifying Steele that Austin and Williams' colony had been returned to them and that his commission had been suspended. Steele instructed to make due return within 15 days of his work connected with Robertson’s colony. This document is in English. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 1 p.)
22, p. 439 506. Miller, James B., Political Chief of Dept. of Brazos, to Thomas Barnett, 9/23/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Ordering Barnett to serve the order suspending Commissioner William Steele and to make due return on his proceedings. This item is in English. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 1 p.)
23, p. 451 507. Saucedo, José Antonio, Political Chief of Texas, 5/20/1824
Scope and Contents of the Record
Copy of Saucedo's order establishing the boundaries of the judicial and military district under Stephen F. Austin's responsibility. (San Felipe de Austin, copy, 1 p.)
23, p. 453 508. Austin, Stephen F. to Gov. Rafael Gonzales, 6/4/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter to accompany signed agreement concerning the settlement of 300 families within the limits of Austin's already established colony and copies of Saucedo's correspondence relative to the boundaries of the colony. (San Felipe de Austin, copy, 1 p.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 242
23, p. 455 509. Gonzales, Gov. Rafael to Stephen F. Austin, 7/15/1825
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledging Austin's communication of 6/4/1825 (Box 124:23, p. 453), reporting that the number of families for the proposed colonization was increased to 500, and indicating that he lacked the authority to grant permission to settle the island of Galveston. (Saltillo, copy, 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 243
Box Folder, Page
125 7, p. 70 562. Viesca [Gov. José María] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 6/10/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Remits copies of empresario contracts and list of grants, and requests papers pertaining to Austin’s colony taken from Juan Antonio Padilla. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 381
7, p. 71 563. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [José María Viesca,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 7/3/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges receipt of copies of empresario contracts and list of lands sold and granted to Mexicans and reports that the papers relative to Austin’s colony taken from Padilla would be forwarded when received (see Box 125:7, p. 70). (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 381
7, p. 75 567. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [Francis White Johnson,] Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, 3/16/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicates the commandant general's demands for enforcement of the prohibitions of the law of April 6, 1830, and requests the alcalde to submit the required monthly statement of foreigners arriving in his district. (Béxar, Df., 1 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 383
7, p. 76 568. Johnson, Francis White, Alcalde of San Felipe de Austin, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 4/2/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Acknowledges the communication of March 16, 1831 (see Box 125:7, p. 76) and offers an explanation of why immigrants were still being received in Austin’s colony. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 383
8, p. 82 573. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 9/14/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting an account of payments collected and due on grants and sales of land. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
8, p. 89 578. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Gaspar Flores, Administrator of State Revenues, 11/12/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requesting a report on his classification of land in Austin’s colony. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
8, p. 90 579. Flores, Gaspar, Administrator of State Revenues, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 11/16/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Clarification regarding the classification of land in Austin’s colony (see Box 125:8, p. 89). (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
8, p. 93 582. Arciniega, Comm. Miguel to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 12/14/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Regarding the expiration date of Austin's contract for 500 families. (San Felipe de Austin, L.S., 2 pp.)
19, p. 218 671. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [José María Viesca,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 3/14/1830
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribing a letter from Stephen F. Austin accompanying his map of Texas and notes. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
20, p. 234 686. Letona [Gov. José María de] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 7/14/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Transcribes a communication from the commandant general on the advisability of removing the scattered settlers and families who were not part of a colony into the colonies of Green DeWitt and Austin; instructions to political chief. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
20, p. 235 687. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [José María de Letona,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, 8/14/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communicating that he had requested from Austin a report on the number of settlers in Texas who did not live within a colony, another from José Antonio Navarro concerning his plan for relocating these settlers in DeWitt’s colony, and indicating certain difficulties relative to this measure. (Béxar, Df., 3 pp.)
20, p. 237 688. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Stephen F. Austin, 8/17/1831
Scope and Contents of the Record
Cover letter to accompany the transcribed letter of 8/14/1831 from Músquiz to the governor (Box 125:20, p. 235), sent to Austin for his information and for submission of the report requested of him. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
20, p. 242 692. Letona [Gov. José María de] to [José Antonio de la Garza,] Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, 4/11/1832
Scope and Contents of the Record
Reporting that the political chief's communication to Austin of 9/11/1831 on Austin's obligation to notify the political chief when acting as commissioner had been transcribed. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
22, p. 275 716. Cos, Martín Perfecto de, Commandant General, to [José Domingo Ugartechea,] Principal Commandant of Coahuila and Texas, 9/28/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Communication advising of the introduction of foreigners attracted by the unauthorized conveyance of land in Austin’s colony and ordering the principal commandant to assist the competent authorities in restricting this practice. (Lipantitlán, L.S., 1 p.)
24, p. 286 722. Atascosito Settlers, 12/7/1828
Scope and Contents of the Record
Proceedings initiated by families living between the Trinity and San Jacinto rivers [Atascosito District] seeking authorization from the central government to settle there, with copies of the following documents: Col. Ahumada to Commandant General Bustamante forwarding the petition of the Atascosito settlers (copy of the petition and list of the petitioners found here) (11/2/1827); Bustamante to Ahumada requesting a report on the settlers (11/26/1827); Ahumada's report (12/17/1827); Bustamante to Stephen F. Austin requesting a report on the settlers (1/28/1828); Austin's report to Bustamante (3/4/1828); Bustamante to the governor of Coahuila and Texas forwarding the petition and the reports (7/3/1828); the governor to the minister of state and relations forwarding the petition and reports (7/28/1828); Minister Cañedo to the governor advising that the petition had been approved (8/27/1828); Governor Viesca to the political chief of Béxar informing of the president's approval of the petition (11/11/1828); and the political chief to the governor acknowledging receipt of his communication (12/7/1828). This copy dated 5/12/1832. (Expediente, copy, 13 pp.)
General Note
Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, pp. 135-138
Box Folder, Page
“Austin’s Register of Families," Vol. 1, inside front cover 1765. Austin, Stephen F. to emigrants, 11/20/1829
Scope and Contents of the Record
Notice to emigrants who had not received title to present themselves for the purpose of obtaining a certificate of reception from Austin upon satisfying the requirements of the law and paying the corresponding fees (in English). (San Felipe de Austin, imprint, 1 pp.)
Box Folder, Page
GSC 4 19 1766. Austin, Stephen F. to President of the Senate of Texas, 12/5/1836
Scope and Contents of the Record
Austin’s statement of the facts and motives related to his involvement in the Upper Colony/Robertson’s colony. (Columbia, L.S., 9 pp.)
22 1767. Perry, James F. by his attorney Gail Borden, Jr. to the Texas Congress, 1837
Scope and Contents of the Record
Draft of a letter giving the history of the connected map of Austin’s colony and asking for additional time to complete the map and the report on Austin’s discharge of his duties as empresario requested by the Senate. (Df., 6 pp.)
Box Folder, Page
28 68 1769. Zavala, Lorenzo de Austin to Stephen F. Austin, 11/30/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Concerning a league of land for his family, the Consultation, and his general situation. Austin’s instruction to Gail Borden about Zavala’s land are included with this document. (Lynchburg, A.L.S., 3 pp.)
Box Folder, Page
133 1 1770. Navarro, Angel, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Ayuntamiento of Goliad, 2/12/1835
Scope and Contents of the Record
Requests a report on the claim by the widow of Nicolás Carbajal that she had been dispossessed of her land by the actions of Commissioner José Jesús de Vidaurri. [Béxar, A.L.S., 4 pp.)
Correspondence Relating to Land Distribution, 1825-1836
Volume
SC Aisle Letter, Jesse U. Evans to S.F. Austin, (in English), Survey field notes, Book 2, p. 10, July 18, 182[?]
Broadside: Notice to Emigrants, (in English), Austin’s register of families, Volume 2, p. 1, Nov. 20, 1829
Box Folder
SC 29 8-9 Miscellaneous documents: Includes a letter, certificate of admission, eviction order, and deed of sale from the town of Brazoria (in English), 1828-1834
7 Mexican Passports to Texas, 1831-1832

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Titles, 1824-1835

Box
SC 1-5 Titles fulfilling contract of 1823, 1824-1828
Volume
SC Aisle "Translation of the records [registro] of documents and titles in Austins first colony 1840", (Vol. 1, Vol. 2: p. 1-28) 1840
Box
SC 6-13 Titles fulfilling contract of 1825, 1827-1832
Volume
SC Aisle "Translation of titles issued under the second contract [500 families] of Stephen F. Austin with the government of Coahuila & Texas, Austin, 1840", (3 volumes: Vol. 3, p. 1-182) 1840
Box
SC 18 Titles fulfilling contract of 1827 "Little Colony", 1832
Volume
SC Aisle Translation of titles of Austin's "Little Colony" in "Translation of the records [registro] of documents and titles in Austin's first colony 1840", Vol. 2, p. 341-461, 1841
Box
SC 14-17 Titles fulfilling contract of 1828 "Coast Colony", 1829-1832
Volume
SC Aisle Translation of titles of Austin's "Coast Colony" in "Translation of the records [registro] of documents and titles in Austin's first colony 1840", Vol. 2, p. 30-339, 1841
Box
SC 19-21 Titles fulfilling contract of 1831 "Austin and Williams Contract", 1835
Volume
SC Aisle Translation of titles of Austin and Williams' Colony in "Translation of titles issued under the second contract [500 families] of Stephen F. Austin with the government of Coahuila & Texas, Austin, 1840", Vol. 3, p. 183-366, 1841
Box
SC 22 Special Titles, 1831-1832
Box
SC 23 Unfinished special titles, 1831-1832
Incomplete titles, 1831-1832
Box
SC 24 Unfinished titles, 1831-1832
Volume
SC Aisle Registro (Register of titles), 1827

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Testimonios and character certificates, 1830-1835

Box
SC 24 Testimonios, 1831-1832
Box
SC 25-28 Character Certificates, 1830-1835
Scope and Contents of the Records
These materials include applications for admission to the colony, letters of recommendation, and certificates of admission. The applications are formal requests for admission to the colony and generally contain information as required by Article 3 of the 1825 state Colonization Law, which includes name and age of applicant, marital status, name and age of wife, number of family members, occupation, and date of immigration. The place of origin is often also included. Letters of recommendation were written on behalf of the applicants attesting to their good character. Materials are written mostly in English, though some are in Spanish.
Volume
SC Aisle "Austin's Register of Families", Vol. 1, 1825-1831
"Austin's Register of Families", Vol. 2, 1834-1835
Scope and Contents of the Records
Bound registers recording applicants for admission to Austin’s Colony. Information entered includes name of applicant, where from, date of arrival, date of application, civil status, name and age of spouse, number of children and dependents, occupation, and remarks. An index to applicant names is included.

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Survey field notes and maps, 1824-1837; undated

Volume
SC Aisle Survey field notes, (12 bound volumes), 1824-1835
General note
These are the field notes in English sent to Austin’s land office by the colony’s surveyors to describe the land grant boundaries.. Perry’s report to the Texas Senate in 1837 indicates that they were loose; a note at the beginning of book 1 of the field notes 1 indicates that they were kept in bundles and suggests that field notes were roughly organized according to water course or area. These bundles were bound at some time after their acquisition by the Texas General Land Office and most of the original order was retained. Some include detailed plats of individual or connected surveys. Most entries are signed by the original surveyor. Surveys within a group generally appear in the order in which they were made by a particular surveyor, though there are exceptions with random documents appearing. In addition, a few letters and other items are bound into the books. Book C of the field notes contains journal entries of a surveying trip headed by Francis W. Johnson interspersed with the field notes.
The format of the field notes follows a standard formula with little variation. Most of the field notes indicate the amount of land and who it was surveyed for--although in many cases the name was filled in later. Surveys after about 1828 were generally numbered with corresponding numbers shown on the plat maps. Many of the field notes are dated and signed by the surveyor and may include sketches, some of which show features of historical value, such as roads.
Box Folder
GSC 9 1-4 Surveyor’s notebooks, (16 small books), 1831-1834
General note
These notebooks contain the working field notes of one or more surveyors. One book has John P. Borden’s name on it; none of the others indicate who they might have belonged to. The handwriting and the areas surveyed suggests that the others were used by John P. Borden and his brother Thomas Borden. Additional surveyor’s notebooks from Austin’s Colony are located in the Austin Papers at the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Volume
SC Aisle "Record of field notes", 485 pp., July 1837
General note
Field note book containing the field notes of all the surveys of land granted in the first contract of colonization by the empresario Stephen F. Austin together with the field notes of the intermediate and adjoining surveys on the principal rivers and water courses granted in said first contract and likewise the field notes of many recent surveys of lands granted in the contract of Austin and Williams, many of which were taken [from] the original titles.
Presumably, this book, which is in the handwritting of John Borden, was prepared about the same time that a connected map of Austin’s Colony was made to establish the correct location of all the Austin Colony surveys. Comments in J.F. Perry’s report to Congress in 1837 probably refer to this book.
James F. Perry to Senate of the Republic of Texas, Nov 13, 1837, Texas State Library and Archives Commission:
The laborious task of copying all the loose field plots, in a book, to preserve them for future reference, was commenced, and a large portion of the work was performed at great expense, but the requisition of the law for the delivery of the papers to the Commissioner General of the Land Office did not allow time sufficient for its completion...
"Index to field notes in Austin’s Colonies", undated
"Trascript [sic] of field notes, Austin Colonies", p. 1-310. undated
Map-case
24, 32 Survey plats (40 manuscript maps), 1824-1836
Scope and Contents of the Records
Plats of surveys prepared by surveyors to show land grant boundaries. Most of the maps are undated and unsigned. Notations on the plats include names of grantees, references to field notes, descriptive notes (e.g., “prairie”), and indications regarding whether titled or not. Numerous cross-outs of names on some of the plats suggest that these may have been working maps used in Austin’s land office.
Map-case
1 "Connected Map of Austin’s Colony." Commenced by S.F. Austin, 1833. Completed by J.F. Perry, 1837. Projected by John P., Thomas H., and Gail Borden, 1833-1837

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