The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

Work in Behalf of the A lamo.

can be done, and we feel that the people of Texas will not fail to
respond to this call, and aid us to accomplish our purpose, in which
the pride and glory of our State are so greatly involved."
During the past year appeals have been made to the citizens of
Texas through the newspapers, by means of chain letters, by per-
sonal solicitation, and by other customary methods in order to ac-
cumulate a fund sufficient to refund to Miss Driscoll the amount
expended by her. But in view of the fact that many of the people
of Texas are of the opinion that the State should become the pur-
chaser of this property, contributions have not been so liberal as
was hoped and expected, and, therefore, about the first of April the
Daughters of the Republic of Texas issued the following appeal:
"To the Honorable the Chairman and Members of the Democratic
Executive Comittees of each County in the State of Texas:
"GENTLEMEN: Your memorialists, The Daughters of the Re-
public of Texas, an association composed of the widows, wives,
daughters and female descendants of the early pioneers of Texas,
who made the matchless history of our State, and sacrificed life and
property for the benefit of humanity and freedom, respectfully rep-
resent :
"First. That the basis of our association is a desire to create a
popular interest in the history of Texas, to cultivate a genuine and
devoted love of country, and to impress upon the youth of our land
an adequate conception of the great debt they owe to the men who,
by their self-sacrifice and heroism, laid firm and deep the founda-
tion of this great commonwealth, and secured to them the infinite
blessing of constitutional liberty.
"Second. That the acquisition, preservation and proper adorn-
ment of the historic spots inseparably associated and connected
with those deeds of heroism constitute object lessons, impressive as
nothing else can be, of the State's greatness in the past, and will
inevitably inspire a noble endeavor to perpetuate that greatness,
and implant in the minds and hearts of succeeding generations a de-
sire to emulate the example and maintain the high principles of
patriotic devotion bequeathed them by their ancestors.
"Third. That the old Alamo Mission with its buildings and
grounds, the sacred spot made dear to the heart of every Texan by
reason of its baptism in the blood of heroes, is now placed within
the reach of our people only by the patriotic devotion of Miss Clara
Driscoll, one of the Daughters of the Republic, who, by her gen-
erous act in advancing over seventeen thousand dollars from her
own private funds, in order to preserve it from the relentless grasp
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/. Accessed September 30, 2014.