The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 83
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Escape of Karnes and Ieal.
guide, notwithstanding his previous fidelity, hard been tempted to
commit the murder and robbery himself. What became of the inter-
preter and the two orderlies I know not, but they have probably
traveled the same road with the rest. That noble-hearted circle of
foreign residents who then fraternized in Matamoros were soon
scattered, never ,again 'to meet; and 'one after another they have in
the distance dropped or faded from my sight. Of the persons asso-
ciated with Ka.rnes and Teal in that place I am 'perhaps the only
As this episode, though unimportant, may be interesting to those
who take an interest in the historic stem of which it is a mere twig,
it ought perhaps tro be preserved by the only one who can now do it;
and I do not object to your ,desire to publish it if you can find in
Texas- what I never could--- a printer who is 'intelligent enough 'to
know when he is 'making a fool 'of his author,-one who would not
be liable to convert Bowie's apparition into, Bowie's opposition.
With a prayer that printer's types may some day become as plain
in the meaning they aim at as the types and shadows we hear of in
another line ,of business, I 'am most truly
Your friend and .obedient servant,
R. M. POTTER.
P. S.-Allusi-ons just manade remind me that, if this letter be
printed, 'the typographical opportunity 'may be made use ,of to say
a word about another thing touching ne, 'which was put into a
newspaper without asking my consent. 'Over t'wo years ago, I sent
to a gentleman in Texas, at his request, a letter containing ,an out-
line of my personal history, it being requested for a use so. differ-
ent from that 'of making it the basis ,of a newspaper article that I
hard .no apprehension of such perversion. The substance of it, how-
ever, was converted into a communicati-on to the Galveston News;
and, though no misstatement 'was 'aimed at nor made except through
the awkward use and alteration of words, tthe writer and printer
between them contrived to evolve an amount of nonsense so great that
I wish to plead innocence of it. I heard of the publication by mere
accident lover two ,months after it came out; for 'the writer forgot
to send me a copy, as well as to ask my leave. On obtaining the
article, I read in it with surprise 'that my father was a native of
New Jersey and was born in England, and there I read for the first
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