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proval of their object. Though fully convinced ourselves of the
feasibility of the plan contemplated, and buoyed up by the bright
anticipations of success-still, Sir, your approval, and aid, has
given an additional impetus to exertions.
Your further Kindness in promising an extension to them, of
such "facilities as the armory can furnish," I assume is justly ap-
preciated by the Company.
Allow me Sir, individually, and in the name of the stockholders,
with sentiments of the highest respect,
I am your M. obt. Servt
W. H. GRIMES, Secretary.'
It is to be regretted that a copy of the letter by President Lamar,
in which he gave his approval and in which he offered or promised
such "facilities as the armory can furnish," was not kept. It seems
clear that President Lamar had a high regard for the San Saba
Company. The Grimes letter shows that the company had already
passed the stage of organization. Indeed, the company really made
great efforts and spent a considerable sum of money, upwards of
six thousand dollars, in June, July and August in preparation for
its work, as will be noted below.
In its civilian organization the San Saba Company had a presi-
dent, a board of directors, a secretary, a treasurer, and some stock-
holders. The names of the president and directors are not revealed
in the available records, but W. H. Grimes served as secretary and
Henry Francis Fisher as treasurer.2 At one time Henry F. Byrne
'This letter is found in the Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, a
collection in the possession of the Texas State Library. In the published
volumes of these papers the name of W. H. Grimes is printed as W. H. G.
Winn. I have examined the signature in the original and have reached
the conclusion that it was that of W. H. Grimes. Miss Harriet Smither,
archivist of the Texas State Library, who also examined the signature,
agrees with me in my conclusion. This letter is No. 1246 in the collection.
2The University of Texas possesses a collection of manuscripts known as
the Henry Francis Fisher Papers. This collection contains a number of
bills for goods purchased by the San Saba Company and for services per-
formed by it. These bills were kept for record by the treasurer of the
company, Henry Francis Fisher, after they had been receipted by the per-
sons presenting them. The name of Henry Francis Fisher appears on Ac-
count No. 47 as acting treasurer, and on Account No. 79 as treasurer.
These accounts were numbered, the last in the list on record being No. 81.
On one of the documents in this collection Fisher indicated that there was
an account numbered 86. Four of the accounts were marked by the letters
C, D, E, and F, and three were neither numbered nor marked with a letter.
Later references to these accounts will be made as Accounts in Henry Fran-
cis Fisher Papers, while other documents in this collection will be referred
to briefly as Henry Francis Fisher Papers.
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