A f'airs of the Association
AFFAIRS OF THE ASSOCIATION
To all the news of the sudden death of Judge Alexander W.
Terrell came as a great shock. Notwithstanding his venerable age
and his great usefulness in the past, one felt that there was much
that he could yet do. No one feels this more keenly than the
members of the Texas State Historical Association, whose pre-
ciding officer he was. His varied public career, his extensive
acquaintance with the public men of three generations, his remark-
able memory, his keen analysis of personal motive and character,
and his unusual .gifts as a conversationalist had given him an
extraordinary fund of knowledge and personal reminiscence. For
a long time addresses on patriotic or memorial occasions alone
served to make drafts on these riches, but during late years, in
response to the insistent demands of his friends, he agreed to
write his memoirs. It is hoped that he had made much progress
in this undertaking, but the fact that the task was far from com-
plete is quite certain. His election to the presidency of the State
Historical Association on March 2, 1908, and his re-election and
the exercises that marked the annual meetings since had helped
to draw his attention to this kind of work. To the October
QUARTiRLY, 1910, he contributed an article on "The City of Austin
from 1839 to 1865"; to the January QUARTERLY, 1911, he con-
tributed a revision of his memorial address on "Stephen F. Austin,"
and among the last things to engage his attention was an article
now in press and to appear in the October QUARTERLY, entitled
"Reminiscences of General Sam Houston." These were, however,
only the beginning of many similar articles that he had planned,
some of which he had almost completed.
In the death of Judge Terrell the Texas State Historical Asso-
ciation has lost a distinguished member and a faithful and efficient
officer, and the state has lost a citizen whose richly endowed mind
could have contributed much to recovering the unwritten history
of its stirring past.
E. W. WINKLER,
Z. T. FULMORE,
E. C. BARKER,
September 15, 1912. Committee.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101058/. Accessed September 22, 2014.