TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. IV. OCTOBER, 1900. No. 2.
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contributors to the Quarterly.
ESCAPE OF KARNES AND TEAL FROM MATAMOROS.'
BROOKLYN, N. Y., March 2, 1881.
To H. A. McArdle; Esq., Independence, Texas.
MY DEAR SIR: In compliance with your request, I herein give
you some of my reminiscences .of Matamorlos, connected with the
revolutionary struggle ,of 'Texas, and not included in what I have
heretofore published on the subject; and since commencing the letter
I find I have accidently, but quite appropriately dated it on an anni-
versary half-forgotten where it ,ought most to be remembered. In
the May number 'of the Magazine of American History for 1879,
1 narrated the case ,of the Texan prisoners captured by UTrrea at San
Patricio and thereabout, and ,alluded to. the detention and escape of
the Texan commissioners, Karnes and Teal, whose adventures, I
observed, would form an interesting romance, but would be tsoo long
to be included in that article. I now propose to Telate what was
The duty ion which those ,comanissioners were sent by the Texan
commander, with the ,sanction of the Mexican general, Filisola, was
that of carrying into effect certain forms of a. truce entered into
1The original of this letter has been presented to the Association by Mr.
Md nAdle.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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