Part 3, Note 22
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Barker, ed., The Austin Papers, vol. 2, p. 299; Texas Gazette,
May 15, 1830: Gammel, comp., The Laws of Texas 1822-1897, vol. 1, pp.
292-293, 1371-1375, 1453-1454. Mina, the town to which Milam was to ensure
navigation, shortly became known as Bastrop.
On November 28, 1838, three men from the United States, Wilson Kirk Shinn of Clarksburg, Virginia, Hugh Crolley of Baltimore, Maryland, and North Evans of Washington, D. C., petitioned the president of Texas, Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, for a charter to make the Colorado River navigable, proposing that their company be named the Shinn Colorado Navigation Company. Shinn, according to his own statement, had examined the river the previous winter. Nothing became of Shinn's effort, probably because by the time his petition was drawn up and sent to Texas, another company had already been created (see Charles Adams Gulick, Jr. (vols. 1-4), Katherine Elliott (vols. 1-3), Winnie Allen (vol. 4), and Harriet Smither (vols. 5-6), eds., The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, 6 vols. (vols. 1 and 2, Austin: A. C. Baldwin & Sons, , 1922; vols. 3-6, Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, [1923-1927]), vol. 2, pp. 304-306).