The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 129

The Affairs of the Association.

The Quarterly will have, in every issue for which appropriate
material is offered, a special department under the above title.
Questions concerning Texas history are invited, and it is hoped that
those prepared to do so will contribute answers.
Where was General Houston, and what was he doing, in the interval
between the adjournment of the San Felipe convention, April, 1833, and
the beginning of hostilities with Mexico, October 1st, 1835?
The name of the first life member, Mr. D. M. O'Connor, of
Anaqua, Victoria county, has been placed upon the rolls of the
Association. In a modest but enthusiastic letter expressing his
interest in the objects of the organization, Mr. O'Connor encloses
a check for fifty dollars, and adds a promise to give as much or
more annually while alive and able. May he live long and be al-
ways as rich as he is generous.
Here is an example worthy of imitation. There are many men
in Texas of abundant means who are greatly interested in having
the materials for the history of the Republic and the State pre-
served. If these persons only knew how well it is possible to spend
money given for the purpose, they would doubtless contribute
enough to enable the Association to build up a valuable library at
The history of Texas can not be written until the materials are
collected, but the work of collection necessarily involves great ex-
pense. A large proportion of the documentary sources of Texas
history is to be found only in the archives of various cities in
Mexico. Copies might be procured, but not without the expendi-
ture of some money. The Department of Insurance, Statistics,.


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