H. BAILEY CARROLL
NED G. BELL OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, HAD AN ANCESTOR
who could write and who had genuine appreciation for
the element of history in events. The ancestor was his
uncle, James G. Bell, a significant frontiersman who made a
record of his travel from Texas to California in "A Log of the
Texas-California Cattle Trail" published in the Quarterly in Jan-
uary, April, and July, 1932.
What is of supreme importance is that both Bells had in them
a sense of history and an appreciation of documentary evidence.
Ned G. Bell has recently presented to the Association the four
precious little pads of paper on which his uncle's diary was
written. These have been placed in the Archives of the Univer-
sity of Texas for permanent preservation.
Bell also has generously contributed to the Association the
Records of the Military Commission, Convened at San Antonio,
July 2, 1862, by virtue of General Order Number 3, from Head
Quarters Trans-Miss Dist. South of Red River. This work con-
tains the names of many persons prominent in 1862 in San An-
tonio, Fredericksburg, Comfort, Kerrville, Bandera, and neigh-
boring towns and areas. At one time, John Ireland, later Gov-
ernor of 'Texas, served as recorder in the work. This too is
treasured material for the University Archives.
The appreciation of all 'Texans and all lovers of history must
go to Ned G. Bell. May his tribe increase.
Mr. and Mrs. Quincy Webb Bynum, 134 East Mulberry Ave-
nue, San Antonio 78212, will be remembered by many for their
excellent E. M. Schiwetz Christmas card on the Alamo.
Another truly Texas Christmas card, sent out by James and
Doris Day and their two sons, contains "The Gift of the Magi,
A Christmas Story," by O. Henry.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed January 26, 2015.