The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 95
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Notes and Fragments.
and classifying materials for this course. He hopes to work several
weeks in -the collection of Col. Guy M. Bryan, at Quintana, and the
remainder of the vacation in the State library. Any one having in
his possession unpublished material relative to this period of Texas
history will confer a great favor upon Professor Garrison by in-
forming him of the fact and describing the documents, and espe-
cially by giving him an opportunity to use and copy them. Offi-
cial papers, diaries, private letters, and various other kinds 'of
documents are all useful in historical investigation. The citizens
of Texas are certainly much interested in determining the true his-
tory of the State. They ought, therefore, to give those who under-
take this work in the University all possible help.
The readers of THE QUARTERLY will be grieved to hear of the
death -of Miss Brownie Ponton, which occurred at Muscogee, In-
dian Territory, July 10. 'She was spending the summer with rela-
tives, when she was stricken with illness, which, after about ten
days, resulted in her death.
Miss Ponton had just completed her junior year at the University
of Texas. She was an excellent student, and showed special apt-
ness for historical investigation. The paper on Cabega de Vaca's
Wanderings in Texas, which was prepared by herself and Mr. Bates
H. McFarland, working jointly, and was read at the last midwinter
meeting of the Association, .and published in THE QUARTERLY
for January, attracted much attention, and elicited favorable com-
ment from a number of experts, together with a very inconsiderate
and unjust sneer from one who seems to have the public confidence,
but who must have misunderstood the real import of the article.
She gave promise of becoming an elegant and forcible writer, as
well as a successful investigator; but the pen has fallen from her
grasp, and her work is done.
The collection of Ex-Governor Roberts, one of the most valuable
relating to Texas history ever gathered, is bequeathed to the State
University, in which he was so greatly interested, and for which
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