Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, March 19, 1878
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Handbook of Texas article on Reuben M. Potter
282 Franklin Ave.
March 19th - 1878.
My Dear Sir:
I received, a few days ago, your letter of
the 3d, which came by way of Fort Wood
and Fort Wadsworth. I had written to you,
about five days after the date of
yours, a letter inclosing a second carte de
visite, of date twelve years later than
the first which I sent to you!
My communication to you was enclosed
in a packet addressed to Mr. Dixon.
I was not aware until your letter infor-
med me, that Mrs. Dickenson (that was)
of Alamo fame, was still living. I do not
call to mind any of her statements, as re-
lated to me by others, except that of Evans's
attempt to fire the magazine. I at first
doubted, that if it happened, it could have
come under her eye, but for reasons given
in a note to the article I sent you.
I now view her witnessing of it as being
more probable. Still she could have seen
nothing which occurred outside of the
church, and perhaps not much that took
place inside. Travis's negro probably
saw much more, which he related to his
fellow survivor, and, in the confusion of mind
which followed the horrible scene, she may
blended what she heard of with
what she saw.
No event was ever more likely to breed legends
than the events of the 6th of March 36, and
I have lately met with one that is new to me,
though you may have met with it; for it was
published in the Texas Almanac of 1873.
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