The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 153
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James H. C. Miller and Edward Gritten.
Butler, which had been captured by Texan naval vessels, and Pres-
ident Burnet at the same time said that until a few days before
Gritten had been in the employ of the government since April.'
On September 19, Gail Borden congratulates Austin on having the
services of Mr. Gritten, who "can do more business in the Spanish
than any person I know of."2 The last trace of him that has come
to my notice is a receipt for forty dollars paid him by the govern-
ment on October 11, 1836, for his services as translator in the case
of BartholomB Pajes, who was accused of trying to rescue Santa
Anna from his imprisonment in Texas.8
This evidence, though fragmentary, is sufficient to exonerate
Gritten of the imputations against his honesty. Two additional
points should be mentioned: Miss Rather assures me that in
studying the sources for her history of De Witt's Colons/ she arrived
at the same opinion of Gritten as that which I have outlined above;
and Professor Bolton, who has extensively explored the Mexican
archives, tells me that though he has seen there an abundance of
correspondence from spies in Texas none of it is from Gritten.
This is negative evidence, but it helps to, strengthen the case al-
My notes on Gritten have been taken incidentally as I gathered
material on the general subject of the Texas revolution, and that I
cannot follow him beyond the end of 1836 may merely be due to
the fact that my minute acquaintance with the archives extends no
further. It does not necessarily signify that his career in Texas
'omptroller's Department. Military ,Service, 2d Series, No. 602.
8Comptroller's Department. Military Service, 2d series, No. 618.
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