DescriptionHenry Francis Fisher Autograph Document Twice Signed "Henry F. Fisher." Two pages, 8.5" x 13.75", Harris County, June 16, 1859. Engrossed in his own hand, Fisher is selling to Theodore D. Ormsby for "Thirty two Dollars to me in hand . . . onehundred [sic] and sixty acres, situated in Fisher & Millers colony . . . together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging, or in any wise incident or appertaining." Harris County notary public red paper seal at bottom and blind embossed seal of Mason County court on verso. Docketed on the verso. Dampstaining in the bottom half does not affect the text. Uneven toning and some chipping at the top edge. Folds are weakened and separating slightly along the right edge.
In 1842 and 1843, Fisher, along with Burchard Miller and Joseph Baker, was granted by the Republic of Texas the right to settle 1,000 families and single men from western and northern Europe on three million acres of land between the Colorado and Llano Rivers, known as the Fisher-Miller Land Grant. They failed in the time given to colonize the area. The deadline was extended and the number of colonists was increased to 6,000. Fisher and Miller's interest in the grant sold to the Adelsverein for $5,000. In the end, few colonists settled the area.
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