tions with my mother, I wrote the sentiments of the speech in what 1
imagined to be Travis's style, but was careful not to change the sense.
I devoted several weeks of time to successive rewritings and transpo-
sitions of the parts of that speech. This done, I was surprised at the
geometrical neatness with which the parts fitted together."
(4.) Extract from letter from Fannin to Messrs. -Wm.
Ward and others, etc.:
" Members of Georgia Battalion:
" In the name and in behalf of the people of Texas I greet you
as brothers in arms, thrice welcome because strangers to most of her
inhabitants, and, owing to your geographical situation, unacquainted
with many advantages it really so eminently possesses. You have
left 'home and its many endearments' to embark in their cause and
to make it your own. The days of chivalry are past, but not their
recollection. Many a bold knight performed wondrous deeds of arms
in the cause of the holy cross and under the most sacred banner.
Many were the lances shivered and rich the blood shed, simply to
gratify some proud beauty, and obtain a crown from her fair hand.
The conservation of the Georgia Battalion in the cause of Texas is a
striking proof, and carries with it infallible evidence, of their legitimate
descent from the true stock of 1776. The same love of liberty and de-
testation of tyranny, so boldly exemplified in the sires, are now to be
found, and I hope soon to be acted out, in the sons. No longer can the
questions be asked of me: 'Where are your friends? What are they
doing for the cause of liberty? Where are your Georgia volunteers 9'
The answer is made by the shrill sound of the fife, the soul-stirring beat
of the drum, and the flash of the bright sun on your brighter arms. As
a Texan, devoted to the cause, all hail! As a Georgian, reared in the
midst of you, and recurring to the days of 'Auld Lang Syne,' with a
proud and swelling heart all hail!
"Your friend and fellow-citizen,
"J. W. FANNIN."
"VELASCO, December 25, 1835."
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