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Dawn at the Alamo

Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, January 30, 1881

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Potter to McArdle, January 1881

who enjoy the instruction which the best


examples afford. I have no stronger


wish than that your talent may — I will not


say be appreciated, for that I believe it is, in


your own action, — but that it may soon


reap the harvest that appreciation ought


to bring.

            I would gladly incur any expense that may be


requisite for getting a photograph copy of my


portrait, but I do not know that you have


at Independence facilities for having the work


done. If not, I can arrange for having a copy


taken after the portrait is sent to Austin—


a copy of imperial size would be preferred.

            I am grieved to hear of the illness of my


little namesake, but am consoled to learn


that he is convalescent and trust that he has by this


time perfectly recovered. The same prayer I


make for your own health, which you tell me


is at present impaired. Mine con-


tinues good, my only ailment being a not


very disabling lameness of the left knee, which


it is now probably too late for time to cure;


for time is working both way[s], and now per-


haps the most strongly in the wrong direction.


In fifteen days I shall enter my eightieth


year.

            You inquire if Major Bryan is right in his


impression that I had some prominence among


the friends of Texas in Matamoros, meaning I


presume in 1836. I do not like to boast,


but I think I may say that he is correct.


When the Texian prisoners in that city, those cap-


tives of San Patricio and Agua Dulce were


about being [to be] executed, without the three days grace

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