The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 176
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176 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
her by myself-Friday afternoon. How interesting to have you
here.9 It will be in Mrs. Hart's lawn. We tried to have it today,
but the weather has been so bad [that +he flag] could not be got dry,
and it rains fast-All the military were to parade. We tried to hurry
it because some of the troops are to start tomorrow in the Car-There
is an encampment and rendezvous in Shelbyville-another is in
Louisvile-Some have gone on there. * * *
* * * I furnished the silk for the Flag-Gen. McCauley the
staff & spear head. * * *
* * * It has been suggested that atl the presentation of the
Flag in Mrs. Hart's lawn-you being present to make a speech-
1-000 $ or more might be collected you had better come. * * *"
What became of this flag? I should be very grateful for any in-
formation concerning it.
'The ordinary definition of a word calls it the sign of an idea, and
it is astonishing to see how much of intense emotion may be some-
times indicated by such a sign. HIow fitly does the same definition
apply to a national ensign; and among all those suggested for Texas,
or actually used during the Revolution, there are none that have
more significance than Austin's original design and the complicated
modification by the commissioners. The mute appeal by the Texans
to their near and still nearer of kin which lay in joining the British
Jack to the stripes, of the American Union was at once proud and
pathetic. 'But had the appeal been answered by the United States
with the right degree of unanimous official cordiality, it is, likely
that our decade of independence and separate national life would
have been reduced to a few short months, and that we should now
scarcely know the flag -of which we are so proud at all.
'She doubtless means, How interesting it would be, etc.
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