The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 172
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172 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
New Orleans to Gail Borden, Jr., at San Felipe, favoring the declar-
ation of independence. A copy in Austin's own handwriting is
among his papers in the possession of Col. Guy M. Bryan, and one
of the paragraphs reads as follows: "I shall preach independence
all over the U. S. wherever I go. What do you think of the enclosed
idea for a flag?" No design accompanies the copy from which I
quote; but there is a draft of a flag in the State library at Austin
which appears to be the one referred to, although there is no means
of showing the connection in time and place. This draft was dis-
covered by Judge Raines, the present librarian, among the Nacog-
doches archives, ,which were turned over to the Secretary of State
pursuant to an order of the legislature made in 1850, and trans-
ferred to the State library in 1877. In the engraving which accom-
panies this paper, it is given as No. 1. Judge Raines can recall no
.accompanying paper that might serve to explain how the design
happened to be sent to Nacogdoches. It may not, in fact, have
belonged originally among those archives, and may have been placed
among them by some negligence while they were in the vaults of the
State Department. The best evidence that it is, the "idea" referred
to in Austin's letter to Borden is the description on the margin
and on the back of the sheet containing it. Above the drawing
is written, "Idea for an independent flag;" while below are the
words: "The shape of the English jack indicates the origin of the
North American people. 'The stripes indicate the immediate descent
of the most of the Texans. The star is Texas. The tricolour is
Mexican." On the back of the sheet is the endorsement, written in
a different hand, "Stephen F. Austin's design of Flag."
By some accident the paper has had a hole burned in it, but fortu-
nately in such a place as not to destroy any part of the description.
It must, I think, have been a flag made after this design that
was presented to Mosely Baker's company at San Felipe in Febru-
ary, 1836. Mrs. Looscan makes up this flag from the description
given in the 'Telegraph and Register of Saturday, March 5, 1836,
and inserts it as No. 4 in the plate accompanying her article already
mentioned. The description is as follows: "The flag presented to
the San Felipe company was. made according to the pattern proposed
for the flag of Texas and of independence. The following is the
device: The English Jack, showing the origin of the Anglo-Amer-
icans; thirteen stripes, representing that most of the colonists in
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