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Dawn at the Alamo

Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, January 30, 1881

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Handbook of Texas article on Reuben M. Potter

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Potter to McArdle, January 1881

Brooklyn N.Y.


282 Franklin Ave

January 30th 1881.

To


      H. A. McArdle Esqr

Independence—Texas

My Dear Sir

            I received, three days ago, your letter of the 21st,


and yesterday the newspaper containing the art


criticism which yr letter refers to. For both letter


and paper I thank you, but more deeply do I


feel grateful for the letter, not the mere work,


but the efforts of study, the labor of intellect


you have expended in aiding my friends to


pay me a compliment which I fear is


more than I merit, for what little I have


done for Texas is so meager, and so much


owing to the fact that it came in my way


to do it, that I feel I am receiving a trib-


ute more deserved by others who have been


overlooked.

            I am no judge of art or of criticism on it,


but you state the aim of your late work


with a clearness & force, and with such evident


knowledge of what the aim of an artist


should be, that I feel sure your hand has


succeded [sic] effectively what your brain conceived.


The article in the Brenham Reporter, though,


as you say, from the pen of one who has never


been out of Texas, must be from one who is an


art critic by nature and appreciates what art


requires and accomplishes, better than many

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