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Dawn at the Alamo

Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, June 6, 1881

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Handbook of Texas article on Reuben M. Potter

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Potter to McArdle, June 1881

Brooklyn N.Y.

282 Franklin Ave

June 6th 1881.


H. A. McArdle Esq

Independence, Texas

My Dear Sir,

Your letter of May 22d with photographic

copies of my portrait were duly received.

I can make alowances [sic] for the defects of such

a copy in giving the full effect of the painting.

The original I have no doubt is a fine

artistic effort, and as well as I can judge

from the copy, though it does not

give an habitual attitude or a fre-

quent expression, it presents of both

such as I sometimes have, as, for in-

stance, when listening to an interesting dis-

course from an orator whose stand re-

quires a slightly unfocused look. It perhaps

gives the look I sometimes have in church;

but people say that is not as habit-

ual as it ought to be.

            Let me know what expenses you have

been at in obtaining these photographs.

In the matter you have been burdened enough

in the way of labor with out any need

of being taxed otherwise.

            There is no need of haste in publishing my

article, nor indeed of doing it at all, and I

would not like to tax the association for

its outcoming unless may be more flush than

I suppose.

            Judge Galder of Fort Bend lately sent

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