Aylett C Buckner to Stephen F Austin, 09-07-1825
Summary: Asks whether military services in Gutierrez expedition or with Mina entitle one to preference in selection of land. Designates 2 leagues that he wants.
I have taken considerable pains to find out whether or not the Military claims contracted by the expedition of Gutierrez and Mener [Mina] are sanctioned by the Government I have been informed by the Most correct source that they are I have even taken the pains to wride a journey of sumthing like 300 Miles to inform myself More particularly on that subject and find from information that Military claims that were contracted in the campaigns of either of these two gentlemen have an advantage over others If you can give me any further information on the subject I would be glad you would do so as you have a better source of information I have also another request to ask of you which is this to write me by Mr. Chance whether or not the 6th 7th and 8th leagues in Bay Prarara are deeded away or not or either of them I presume you have not reserved either of them as I have understood you have relinquished your claims in that section of the Country I have endeavoured to find out the proprieters of those leagues but never found any I hope you will therefore have no objection in letting me know whether they are deeded away or not and who to and where the claimants reside I am thus explicit because I do intend to lay my claims in this colony if possible and am entitled to every advantage that the Government allows me I am in hopes you will be candid and give me your opinion for I do not wish to delay time untill the province is picked and culled and then take the refuse when I am informed that Military Claims have the prefferance which if so it is by an order of the Govt and I have a right to provide for myself I think I recollect sumthing of the kind in the old Colonization Law
I wish to do nothing but what is right in this case, and will loose no pains in informing myself which I can probably do in Labahia so that I may not Err I want to lay my Claim on the 7th and 8th leagues in B. Prarara so that I may get off of your reserve
N B. Mr. Powel wishes to know whether you intend giving him land or not and where he is willing to take that you intended for Sarver he wishes you to inform him as soon as possible for he wants to know where his land is to be if any that he May improve it he says you made sum objection in Consequence of [which he?] talked of going to the Guadaloupe but he says he has your letter to show you offered him land sum time ago before you made any close of your business he says you reinstated him upon the same footing as at first.