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Dawn at the Alamo

Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, February 24, 1881

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Potter to McArdle, February 1881

Brooklyn, N.Y. - 282 Franklin Ave


— February 24th 1881.

H. A. McArdle Esqr.


Independence, Texas

My Dear Sir,

I received two days ago your letter of the 17th.


First of all let me correct one vital mistake. On


the 17th I was 79 (not 80) years & three days old.


My last letter informed you that I was about enter-


ing [to enter], not completing, my 80th year; & I write promptly


to keep the error from spreading.

            Though I am not well posted as to which is the


best of the current Classical Dictionaries, I can soon


learn, & give you the result of my enquiries. I


have just written a note on the subject to W.


Stevens, late Librarian of the N. Y. Hist. Society.

            The part of my last letter giving a reminiscence


of Matamoros in 1836 is not in a shape I would


wish to have it in if published; but I will shortly


give you, in place of it, a letter which may


be so used, & will contain the same reminiscences


more fully. The allusion I made in my last


to successful petitions for respite & reprieve &


to my supply of rations to the prisoners would


be superfluous in a published letter as

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