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EGERTON, HENRY (?–?). Henry Egerton, a native of New York, was long a resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. In May 1832 James Prentiss gave him a letter of introduction to Sam Houston. On January 1, 1834, Egerton and Fortunato Soto secured an empresario grant to settle 800 families in Texas, but their contract was never fulfilled. In January 1844 Egerton and Soto were in correspondence with Benjamin Lundy concerning petitioning for land in northern Mexico. D. E. Egerton, an Englishman, was also a Texas empresario.


Ephraim Douglass Adams, "British Correspondence Concerning Texas, " Southwestern Historical Quarterly 19 (October 1915). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).


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"EGERTON, HENRY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.