Samuel Parker to Stephen F. Austin, 12-07-1821
Summary: Virginia. Interest and questionnaire.
I Have seen a publication in a news paper, purporting to be an
extract of a letter, written by you at La Bahia, Province of Texas,
The extract above alluded to, states the following as the outline which you propose to pursue in regard to the grants of lands: viz. To give to each individual settler one tract of land binding on the river or some water course, half a mile in front, by two miles in depth for farming—and one other tract of one a half mile square to be located back from the river for vachery; and that to those settlers who have families, you propose the following addition to their grants:—to each married woman 160 acres, to each child 80 acres, and for each slave 40 acres; to be laid off adjoining the farming tract; and double those quantities adjoining the vachery tract.
The object of this letter, is, to make some further enquiries about the settlement as it is probable, that I and some others in this State may avail ourselves of the advantages which it holds forth.—
You mention in the extract referred to above, that it is important
that the settlers should arrive by the month of
The answer to these queries, (together with any other necessary information respecting the settlement, which you may think proper to give) you will please transmit as early as possible by a letter addressed to me, at New Town, King and Queen County, Virginia. I shall most anxiously wait for an answer from you. —