The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 49
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John Crittenden Duval.
March 27th, 1836. This copy is verbatim et literatim. The orig--
inal is written on cream-laid quarto letter-fly. The edges of the
sheet indicate that the paper is hand-made. The hand-writing is
good, firm, and neat. The last page contains no part of the body
of the letter, but was left blank, as was the early fashion, to form
the envelope by folding and to receive the address, post-marks,
etc. A copy of the latter is here made at the end of this copy
of the letter.]
Goliad March 9th, 1836.
It has been some time since I have had an opty. of writing to
you, A gentleman leaves here to day for the U. States but have my
doubts if he gets fifty miles from this post as we are surrounded by
Mexican troops- By last express, yesterday, from San Antonio,
we learned that their [our*J little, band of 200 still maintained
their situation in the Alamo, the fort outside of the town- They
have been fighting desperately there for 10 or 15 days against four,
or five thousand Mexicans Santa Anna is there himself and has
there and in this vicinity at least six thousand troops- Contrary
to the expectation of every one he has invaded the Country when
least expected- Not a Texian was in the field, nor has even one'
yet made his appearance at this post- The greater portion of the
Mexican troops are mounted, and of course have greatly the ad-
vantage over us- We now muster at this post 400 strong, and
from the preparations we have made shall be enabled to give any
number a desperate fight- San Antonio I fear has fallen before
this;--from its situation and construction, I cannot believe it pos-
sible so ,small a band could maintain it against such fearful odds-
D. Crockett is one of the number in the fort- We are expecting
an attack hourly. An express yesterday was chased in by 200 cav-
alry eighteen miles from this- Sixty miles south of this is an-
other party of 650 who have been quartered at San Patricio for
some days, waiting reinforcements. Several of our parties of 20
and 30 have been cut off by them-As I anticipated, much dis-
sention prevails among the Volunteers, Col. Fannin, now in com-
mand (Genl. Houston being absent), is unpopular- and nothing
but the certainty of hard fighting, and that shortly, could have
kept us together so long- I am popular with the army, and
strange as you may think it could lead them or the majority of
them where I choose- They have offered to give me every office
from a Majority to Comdr. in Chief- I have seen enough to de--
sire no office for the present in Texas higher than the one I hold-
* "Our" is written over "their."
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