The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900

Vol. III. JULY, 1899. No. 1.
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expressed by contribitors to THE QUARTERLY.
[This narrative follows substantially a MS. in the collection of Colonel
Guy M. Bryan, who has kindly permitted its publication in THE QUAR-
TERLY. He recites the history of the MS. briefly as follows:
"Some years ago, when I resided in Galveston, Colonel Lowe, of the
Galveston News, informed me that he had received a letter from a Mr.
Lewis, of Louisiana, making inquiry about some of the earliest settlers of
Austin's first colony, and that he wished I would write him. He said he
was a man of good character and his family was highly respectable. In
this way I became acquainted with Mr. Lewis. When I ascertained from
him that he was on the Lively I requested him to write an account of his
adventures on the Lively and in Texas, which he did. He requested me
to return the original manuscript, which I did, but retained a copy of it."
The whereabouts of the original MS. can not be stated here, but it is be-
lieved to be in possession of the relatives of Mr. Lewis.
In preparing the copy for publication much more liberty has been taken
with it than if it had been the original. Some changes have been made in
the phraseology, and at one or two points where the story is somewhat
confused a degree of interpretation has been considered necessary in order
to clear it up. -On the whole, however, the sense, and even the wording of
the copy has been closely followed.
It should be stated that Colonel Bryan says he compared the copy witn
the original and is sure that it is a faithful reproduction.
The story concerning the Lively that is to be found in works on Texas
history, and has been generally believed, is that the vessel was lost at sea.

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