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    John Dominguez Partly-printed Document Signed "John Dominguez". 1 page, 7.5 x 11.5", [New York?] November 11, 1831. (Numbered 4038) A fascinating document -- this copy is signed by John Dominguez, A.O. Dayton, and C.V.S. Kane, the latter two being Dominguez' attorneys. "Dominguez was granted a colonization contract by the Texas government on July 6, 1829. By its terms he was to bring 200 American and European settlers to Texas within a period of six years, to be located in an area bounded as follows: beginning on the Arkansas River where the river is intersected by the twenty-third degree of longitude west of Washington, the boundary line between Mexico and the United States; thence south along this boundary line the distance of forty leagues; thence west twenty leagues; thence north on a line parallel with the twenty-third meridian to the Arkansas River, thence with the right bank of the Arkansas River to its intersection with the twenty-third meridian, the place of beginning. Dominguez, who resided in Mexico, appointed Victor Blanco, lieutenant governor of Texas, to execute his contract. Dominguez brought no colonists to Texas, and the contract expired in 1835" - Handbook of Texas.

    The language of the above description is lifted almost directly from the grant itself. The present copy is made out to H.A. Greene of New York in the standard amount of roughly 177 acres. Greene purchased at least two lots from Dominguez; another copy of the broadside made out to him resides at Yale University. Despite this evidence, as mentioned above, no settlers actually made the move to the Dominguez colony. Creases, irregularly trimmed at laft margin, else fine condition. A crisp imprint. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference:
    Streeter Texas, 1122A. Streeter Sale, 309.


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