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    Rare land grant signed by Haden Edwards

    [Edwards Grant] Partly Printed Document Signed by Haden Edwards. Printed document completed in manuscript and signed by Haden Edwards. N.p., [dated in manuscript 1826]. One page, 16mo. Certificate number 233.

    Edwards was a pioneer settler and land speculator. In 1823 he traveled to Mexico City, joining Stephen F. Austin, Robert Leftwich, and others in a three-year attempt to persuade the Mexican government to authorize American settlement in Texas. Their efforts resulted in the colonization law of 1824 in Mexico City and of 1825 in Saltillo, which allowed empresarios to introduce settlers to Texas.

    Edwards received a grant near Nacogdoches where he could locate 800 families. Like other empresarios he agreed to honor preexisting grants and claims made by Spanish or Mexican officials, and of all the empresarios, Edwards probably had the most such claims, some over a century old. In 1825 he posted notices to inform all potential claimants that they must come forward with proof of their claims or he would consider the land his, subject to sale to new settlers. This angered the older settlers, who opposed Edwards. He was driven out two years later, fleeing to Louisiana for safety

    This is apparently an unknown imprint relating to Texas, and is not noted by Streeter and without further research it is difficult to ascertain where this grant form was printed. In his introduction, Streeter makes the comment "We know of no printing in Texas between July, 1823, and September, 1829." It seems unlikely that Edwards would have had the form printed in Mexico. Following the biographical chronology in Bancroft's Northern Mexico and Texas, it appears that Edwards was back in the United States during the summer of 1826, and probably had these forms printed during that trip (Leftwich was back in the States in same time and had his colonization form printed in Nashville). Housed in a brown half-calf folder with marbled boards and gilt imprints on the spine. Uneven left edge slightly affects decorative border, but is otherwise in very fine condition. Fresh and clean, and quite rare. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Ex. Edwards family papers. From the collection of J. P. Bryan.

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