Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, March 19, 1878
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Genl Steel has sent me a copy of a communi-
cation he has received from Mr. Luber of Grimes
County, relating, as told to and believed by him, the ad-
ventures of one Mon. Rose an old Frenchman of
Nacogdoches who claimed to have been a survivor of
Travis's command - as one who deserted by permission,
and the only one who accepted a permission for-
mally tendered to all on the 3d of March, the day
when Travis sent out his last intact dispatch,
the same in which he expresses a determination
to hold the fort or perish, but says nothing
about the strange affair which Rose tells of.
It was not a time when Travis would have demor-
alized his band by an offer for skulking which
would have enabled the few cowards in it, if there
were any, to subvert the determination of the rest.
The same paper makes as great a perversion of the
story of Mrs. Dickenson by accepting that she was
not in the Alamo when it was taken, but hidden un-
der the charge of the priest, in the Church of San
Antonio, not the chapel of the Alamo but the Par-
ish church in town. I gave my reasons to Genl Steel
for discarding both stories, and added a copy of that letter
as an additional note in the m.s. [manuscript] to one of my later
pamphlets which I sent to M. Austin Bryant at Bren-
ham . If you would like to read my examination of
the subject, ask Mr Bryant for a sight of that pamphlet
when you next go to Brenham.
Mr. Dixon requested of me, I think at your
suggestion, copies of some of my poems, and data
for a brief biographical sketch, which he may if he
is pleased with them, insert in a compilation which
he contemplates publishing.
I sent them in two successive letters; the first has
gone safe, if my letter to you was recd;
for the latter was inclosed in the former.
Referred you to my former letter for farther [further] infor-
mation about my self & enquiries about you, I am
Most truly yours
Reuben M. Potter
H. A. McArdle, Esq
Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, March 19, 1878, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.