Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, February 24, 1881
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they have already been mentioned in print; and
I would rather spare the memory of poor Howell
my reflection, not on his silly dispatch, but on the
character of his flitting, which I now detail
rather reservedly. He was an intimate friend
of mine, and a lavish friend to all Texians
in distress, passing for richer than he really was,
& having as I soon found many ideas that were
quite divergent from mine; & as I at length
learned, having more generosity than integrity.
It was I think nearly a year after I left Mat-
amoros that he borrowed a large sum from
a Mexican Shylock, and tride [tried] to make a G.T.T. [Gone to Texas]
of himself; but the borrowed ounces of gold went into the ponchos
of banditti and all the pounds of flesh he had
to pledge into the maws of wolf & ravin [raven].
Yet so genial & generous had he always been
that he met with more pity than Shylock.
In one of my articles in the Magazine of
American History I narrated in full the case
of the San Patricio Prisoners and referred to
the escape of Karnes & Teal as containing
interesting incidents which would make the
Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, February 24, 1881, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.