THE SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
VOL. XLIV JULY, 1940 No. 1
THE LOST JOURNALS OF A SOUTH-
Tonight I am lucky enough to be able to summon forth in
his own words a man who by the very terms of his character
had much to do with what we in the Southwest have inherited
today. It is safe to say that he was one of the great figures
in the history of the American West. The words are in his
newly discovered diaries, and I think interest is added to this
occasion by the fact that they have never before been quoted
or published anywhere. They have been brought to light and
made available by my distinguished preceptor and colleague,
Maurice Garland Fulton, of Roswell.
Who their author was should mean less to us, at first, than
what he was. Let us meet him simply as a man being himself
every day of his life.
Ninety-nine years ago, on Thursday, the 17th of June, in
1841, he wrote the opening words of a new span of his diary.
They could stand for the epitome of that quiet passion which
nourished his very root.
Having remained until the present in Jackson
County, Mo., with my parents, I resolved to take a trip
south via Van Buren, Ark., into Texas, for the pur-
pose of looking at the country.-This afternoon I left
It took him a month to reach the frontier of the new republic.
There are only a few entries for that time, the longest of which
carries a sharp criticism of the Hot Springs of Arkansas, whose
'An address delivered at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Texas State
Historical Association, in Austin, April 26, 1940.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed March 1, 2015.