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 - that the United States be. shown Texas 'could...
that the United States be. shown Texas 'could stand on its own feet." To do this mean that the frontiers would have to be expanded. : The" ca'oital w£Tin HoustonTtthe' j i time of Lamar's election, and must j remain there until 1840 as the i temporary seat of government. i Houston wanted it to' remain, but 1 was anxious for it to be moved. Lamar wanted it moved. The representatives of East Texas fought those from the \vest. but an order issued by Lamar on April 15, 1839. settled the question. A committee was sent to the Colorado River site to make surveys and explorations. This committee members were Albert C. Korton of Matagorda. Isaac W. Burton of San Augustine and Louis P. Cooke of Brazoria. They reported to Lamar the land they had chosen comprised 7.135 acres on the Colorado River and that they had paid £21.000 in to \ Texas treasury notes for the title. How much this ready amounted to is not, known, but Texas money was variously valued at from 25 cents to 50 cents on the dollar. Establishment of the town wa.s who went j left to Edwin Wallace | to Waterloo when onJy two families, \ the Hornsbys and the Harrells. were j living there. The .surrounding coun- j try was a wilderness of cedar, oak and chalk rock. The nearest settlement was Bastrcp. thirty-live miles j southeast, from which building sup- 1 plies were hauled. San Antonio was j 30 miles southwest with no settle- I ment between. but within six j months the rcsoucefui Wallace had ' plotted the ground, sold building sites and located land for public edifices. The place was a beehive of activity lor the next six month. It didn't run quite as smoothly as this, however, for the sessions of Congress in Houston had forewarn- i 5 | cd great troubles. Land speculators were behind the move to change the location of the capilal and none would be satisfied with any but his own paradise. So heated had become their sessions at Houston prior to this settlement that secret .' sessions were ordered for the selec- j tion of the .site. After one of these j Senator Robert Wilson of Houston ] was accused if divulging some of ! the secret proceedings. For this he was expelled from Congress and

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  1. Denton Record-Chronicle,
  2. 16 May 1939, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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