The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 130
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130 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
and History has been charged with this duty; but its appropriations
have been too small to attempt such work, and hitherto it has done
nothing along that line. The Association could secure competent
persons to do the copying at relatively small cost. All that is
needed in order to begin is the funds.
The people of Texas have been too careless also about the historic
materials that lie scattered through the State in private possession.
The opportunity to gather and preserve them is being lessened con-
tinually by their destruction or loss through accident or neglect.
But it costs something to gather them, even when the owners are
willing to give them to the Association. Simply to locate them and
ascertain their nature is often a matter of extensive correspondence
and great trouble. This is most cheerfully undertaken by the As-
sociation, but in order to succeed it must have patriotic co-opera-
tion throughout the State.
Attention is therefore called to the circulars of inquiry which
have been sent out by the Association. These have already elicited
,some information concerning old letters, papers, etc., which are
:owned by private parties, and it is hoped that still other replies
,will come in. The members especially, when they know anything
concerning the existence or whereabouts of such matter, should
communicate the fact at once to the Librarian.
-Exhortation for the purpose of awakening interest in the work
of -the Association ought to be unnecessary. History like that of
Texas is rare. In its color, its dramatic movement, and its in-
structiveness when viewed from the standpoint of political and
social science, it has few parallels. These characteristics make it
well worth preservation and study. To the genuine Texan, how-
ever, or the man that feel thoroughly identified with the State,
one of the strongest motives to the cultivation of the subject will
be found in his patriotism. Is it seeming, is it not discreditable
to the people of Texas, that they should leave the collection of
material for the history of the State to the great endowed North-
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