The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

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resorted to an imperfect Spanish, which has been happily trans-
lated by Dr. Thomas W. Walker of Baylor's Spanish department
more for its meaning than for literalness. For instance, on March
20o, having swum back to Rebecca's side in the meantime:
"Tengo buena fortuna en el amor de la senorita" (I have good
fortune in my love affair with Miss C.) ; and on April Fool's Day,
1834: "went to Cummin's-recepcion frio, pero conclusion muy
caliente-" (reception cold, but conclusion very hot) ; and a pleas-
ant April 12, spent fishing and then "Anoche tuve muchas carizias
con mi inamorata"- (Last night I had many carreses with my
beloved) .
Was Travis worrying about the quarrel building up with
mother Mexico? Not so you could tell it. But the man who would
become one of Texas's immortals gives a peek here and there,
amidst the triumphs and trivialities of daily living, of the stuff of
heroes. Just one entry should suffice. On March 9, a Sunday, he
tried to cross Mill Cheek-"waters all swimming & prairie so
boggy-could not go--The first time I ever turned back in my
life-." The italics, it need hardly be added, are his. At the Alamo
he never once considered turning away, writing a chapter for
freedom fighters of all generations.
Incidentally, the book has a lively introduction by Dorman
H. Winfrey. I cannot afford to say much nice about it, as he
quoted me, but it does deserve your attention.
JOE B. FRANTZ
The University of Texas
Evacuation of Texas. Translations of the Representation Addressed
to the Supreme Government. By Gen. Vicente Filisola, in
Defence of His Honor. And Explanation of His Operations
As Commander-in-Chief of the Army Against Texas. Reprint
with introduction by James M. Day. Waco (Texian Press),
1965. Pp. xii+,iv+68+[4]. Portrait, bibliography, appendix,
index. $5.95.
Much has been written on the military operations of the Texas
revolution, but too little has been published by important Mex-
ican participants in it. The accounts which have appeared in
print by the leading Mexican officers in the campaign in Texas
were written more as alibis for failure, to place blame upon others,

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