government. He represented Nacogdoches in the first Texas
Congress of the Republic in October of 1836. Vertical Files, Revised
16. [p.52] The Kentuckian Triplett provided half the $200,000 loan negotiated by Texas representatives Branch T. Archer, Stephen F. Austin, and William H. Wharton on January 12, 1836. Triplett continued to serve as the financial agent of Texas through the first half of the year but withdrew much of his support following a conflict over financial policy in June of 1836. William Campbell Binkley (ed.), Official Correspondence of the Texan Revolution, vol. 1, pp. 286-91, vol. 2, pp. 579-80, 790-91.
17. [p.53] These hazards of investing in Texas lands were not exaggerated by the surveyor.
18. [p.54] Archibald Hotchkiss was born in Washington County, New York, on February 1, 1794. He came to Nacogdoches in February of 1832 as an agent of the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. His residence was made unpleasant because of the unpopularity of the company. He went to Montgomery, Alabama, sometime before August of 1835. Hotchkiss also engaged in conflict with Sam Houston, who accused the land agent of plotting to expel the Cherokee from East Texas in order to fulfill a contract with Creeks from the United States to procure them land in Texas. Though active in the San Augustine committee of safety in the early stages of the Texas Revolution, Hotchkiss provided little actual support for the cause, especially after it moved toward independence and hurt his land interests. He died in Palestine, Texas, on January 20, 1882. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook; Blake, Certificates of Entrance; Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, p. 220.
19. [p.54] Founded in New York on October 16, 1830, to colonize lands in the Vehlein-Burnet-de Zavala empresario grants totalling 3,743,163 acres, the company sold scrip allowing settlers to move into the area. It had issued 1,000 shares to 56 stockholders by January of 1835. Since the company did not actually own this land but under Mexican law at best held only the privilege of locating colonists into it, the settlers had to complete the normal requirements of other emigrants in order to obtain legitimate titles. Further, those sent by the company between 1830 and 1834 failed to gain lands because of enforcement of the Mexican law of April 6, 1830, which cancelled earlier contracts and forbid further immigration from the United States. The company continued to sell scrip at five cents per acre to unsuspecting land-seekers during the remaining years of Mexican rule. The Council, one of several temporary governments of Texas, closed these and other land operations in November of 1835, and the company's legal actions in the courts of the Republic also failed. While settlers wasted their investments in this scrip, the company itself flourished, extracting profits estimated