John Ford to McArdle, June 1, 1893
Handbook of Texas article on John S. "Rip" Ford
San Antonio, June 1, 1893
H. A. McArdle, Esqr.,
At last I am able to send you a photograph of Capt.
Manchaca. He was a lieutenant of a company of Mexicans commanded by
Col. John N. Seguin at the battle of San Jacinto. Manchaca was a companion
of Col. Bowie, and accompanied him to the United States before the war between Texas
and Mexico. He was during his whole life a faithful friend of Texas. He
was elected door keeper in the House of Representatives of Texas. His
daughters are highly respectable and married well. His grand son, Lucien
Lacoste, furnished the photograph. He wishes it returned.
I am sorry one could not have been procured of an earlier date, but
it was not possible. He was a tall Mexican — large size — spoke English — had
a wonderful memory, and was much of a favorite with Americans. You can
get an idea of his features; make his hair and beard black; modernize him.
It is just to the Mexicans who sided with the Americans to be represented in
a painting of the battle of San Jacinto. I hope you will give Manchaca a place.
It would cause you some more friends in San Antonio.
Very truly yours.
John L. Ford
Lacosta Lucien J.
209 Seventh St.
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