The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 50
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50 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
I have fifty men in my Company, who love me and who cannot be
surpassed for boldness and chivalry- With such a band I will
gain the laurels I may wear or die without any- I am situated at
present with my company, in a strong stone house immediately
across the street and opposite one of the bastions of the fort-
from the bastion I have built a Bridge to the top of the house on
which is placed a Brass Six Pounder- the best and most command-
ing situation we have- before I am driven from it hundreds must
perish- I have seen something of the country since I last wrote
you having been out for some days at a time on several expedi-
tions- It is decidedly a richer country than I expected to find,
and must be more healthy than any other southern country- at
least this part of it- the country is high and dry tho generally
level and the rivers, at least this, the San Antonio, descends with
the velocity of a mountain stream- In many parts water and
timber is too scarce, and the Northern winds are frequent and last
from one to three days blowing with great violence. The climate
of Florida I think is greatly preferable, but it can not be compared
to this in point of soil- We have just learned from Washington
(the seat of Govt. that they have declared Independence- If
such be the fact of which I have no doubt- we must whip the
Mexicans- For young men who wish to acquire distinction and
fortune now is the time- Tell all who are friendly to the cause
of Texas to lend a helping hand and that quickly, The little
band of Volunteers now in the field must breast the storm and keep
a powerful army in check until relief is at hand or all is lost- We
want provisions arms & men. I have never seen such men as this
army is composed of- no man ever thinks of retreat, or surrender,
they must be exterminated to be whipped- Nothing can depress
their ardour- we are frequently for days without anything but
Bull beef to eat, and after working hard all day could you at night
hear the boys crowing, gobling, barking, bellowing laughing
and singing you would think them the happiest and best fed men
in the world-
Do all you can for Texas-
Yr. affectionate son
B. H. Duval.
If there sh t in
my letter that could benefit Texas make
To His Excely,
Winm. P. Duval.
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