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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

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

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