Flag Design Submitted to the Texas Government
Handwriting of Stephen F. Austin, B.T. Archer, and William Wharton

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Austin Flag, Red and Green, Reverse

Either will do, either will make a handsome Texas Jack, which old
grand Father John Bull need not be ashamed, or unwilling to acknowl
=edge

This flag is approved of by is and we recommend
its adoption

S.F. Austin
B.T. Archer

I object much to the hackneyed quotation "Where liberty dwells there is my coun-
try. Its frequent use by schoolboys as a motto & by Volunteer companies
in their banners have rendered it stale & fulsome. Virgil from
whom it is taken expresses the sentiment antithetically. In the latin lang-
-uage it has much point & beauty. Ubi Libertas-Ibi Patria. If we are to have it all let us have it expressed in this way. But I should much prefer
that the expression motto be discarded & that the words The light of liberty
or the words Lux Libertatis if they are preferred be substituted. The light of Liberty
apply to the sun. Underneath Washington I would
have the words "In his example there is safety" With this alteration
I am much pleased with the banner

W'm. H. Wharton

I have no objection to the
Motto Lux Libertatis, or Light of Liberty-

S.F. Austin

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