purchase of certain vessels offered to the Gov-
ernment by said McKinney & Williams.
First, as regards the schooner “Wil-
liam Robbins.” The subject of this vessel
has been often before the Council, and until
a personal interview of your Committee with
Mr. McKinney, the facts had not been fully
known. It seems, however, from McKinney’s
statement, that certain individuals
connected with the Committee of safety
of Matagorda & before the meeting of the
Convention, entered into an arrange-
ment for the purchase of this vessel as a
joint property, to be used in the protection
of the Commerce of the Country. This company
drew upon McKinney and Williams for
three thousand five hundred dollars, the
price of the vessel, but McKinney believ-
ing it were better to be placed under
the control of the Government, pur-
chased her on his own responsibility,
leaving to the Government to take her
or not, as they might think expedient.
Your Committee advise,
that a competent agent be appoint-
ed to examine this vessel and its equip-
ments; and if it shall appear to be a
vessel which can be put to good use
in the public service, with a corres-
ponding price, your committee re-
commend the purchase.
Report of the Committee on Naval Affairs, January 3, 1836. Records of the Provisional Government, 1835-1836, Texas Secretary of State. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 2-9/18.