Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 297 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
will send out traveling agents when I get
home. You must appoint a local agent in
every neighborhood in your district. I will
recommend a few whom I think will do to
rely upon, to wit: Brothers *
' * L., W.,
I., E., McD., V., C., N., S., W., G., A., D.,
M. Brother L., the bearer of this, will take
a circuitous route and see as many of our colored
friends as he can. He also recommends
a different match to be used about town, etc.
Our friends sent an inferior article. They
emit too much smoke and do not contain
enough camphene. They are calculated to
get some of our friends hurt. I will send a
supply when I get home. I will have to
reprove you and your co-workers for your
negligence in sending funds for our agents.
But few have been compensated for their
trouble. Correspondent and industrious
agent, Brother W., has received but a trifle
-not so much as an apprentice's wages.
Neither have Brothers W., M. and others.
You must call upon our colored friends for
more money. They must not expect us to
do all. They certainly will give every cent
if they know how soon their shackles will be
broken. My hand is very painful and I must
" N. B.-Brother L. will give you what few
numbers of the ,' Impending Crisis" we have;
also Brother S.'s speech and Brother B.'s letters,
"State of Texas, Tarrant county.---Personally
appeared before me, the undersigned
authority, Paul Isbell, who, after being duly
sworn according to law, on oath says: 'The
above and foregoing letter was found by
George Grant and myself near the residence
of said Grant, six miles west of Fort Worth,
near where a horse had been stealthily fed, as
it seemed, and that tle said letter has not
been out of our possession till now, and that
it has not been altered in any respect whatever.'
" Given under my hand and the seal of tile
Tarrant county court on this the 10th day of
L' THOMAS M. MAT'TIHEW`S,
I( If the old citizens of Dallas, wlio knew
nothing of this letter to dear brother and
have had doubts as to the origin of the fire in
Dallas July 10, 1860, as well as those in Brenhaln,
Georgetown, Milford and twenty other
places about the same time, including over
thirty mills and gins-if, we say, these charitable
doubters will compare the dates and
facts, all their doubts will be removed and
they will see that the burning of Dallas was
but a part of the plan inaugurated by the
gang to which * * :
to ", destroy the present inhabitants of
"Had this letter been published at the time
it would have crazed the people of north and
central Texas and caused the death of many
men-doubtless many innocent men included.
That it was not published was owing to the
extreme caution of men who feared a great
crisis was impending-men of the class who
a few months later sustained the secession
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/297/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.