The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 61
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John Crittenden Duval.
In his dying there passed a brave, sweet, lovable spirit; Texas
was the poorer for his death.
"HI-ow did he impress you?" I asked of one of his old comrades,
who had also passed through "those times that tried men's souls,"
one who was well able, by the token of a great saber cut across the
cheek, to judge of that kind of man. "Why," said he, "John Du-
val was one of the bravest, kindest men I ever knew. He was gen-
erous,-almost too generous,-he made money, but did not know
the value of it, gave it away to those he thought needed it worse
than he did. He. was a man who always saw the humorous and sun-
ny side of the gravest question, and if it hadn't a sunny or humor-
ous side he made it." To all who knew John Duval, better than a
passing acquaintance, and he was a reserved man, that estimate will
appear truthful to the life and will meet with ready and affectionate
He was born at Bardstown, Kentucky, March, 1816. He came
of an old family, one that had produced men who were leaders in
the times in which they lived. His father was William P. Duval,
who was for sometime a member of Congress from Kentucky and
was afterwards an active and able territorial Governor of Florida,
and whose youthful adventures are entertainingly related by Wash-
ington Irving in his Geoffrey Crayon Papers as "The Early Expe-
riences of Ralph Ringwood." How highly the Governor was es-
teemed for his courage and active virtues by Irving may be judged
by others of the Crayon Papers, notably "The Conspiracy of Nea-
mathla," the story of an incident in his dealings with the Semi-
noles. These same papers and their author, no doubt, had some
influence in forming the literary style of John C. Duval.
The family, in America, was derived from Huguenot settlers in
Virginia, and the white badge of St. Bartholomew's Eve is irre-
sistibly brought to one's mind by its similar use at Goliad. It does
not take a great stretch of the imagination to believe that history
repeated itself,-that it is not improbable that more than once to
members of this family a white handkerchief around the arms of
others has been a sinister omen.*
* "These men (Major Miller's eighty who had been captu, el at, 'opano)
were confined with us, but kept separate from the re.t: and to distinguish
them, each had a white cloth tied aronnd one of hi armn At the time, I
had no idea why this was done, but subsequently I learned the i eason."-
Early Times in Texas.
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