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nothing else. His last courier, sent out on March 3d, 1836, who
arrived at Washington-on-the-Brazos on the morning of March 6th,
stated to members of the Convention then sitting in Washington,
that the enemy had more than once approached to the walls of the
fort. Of course, I infer that the courier meant that they
approached to the brinks of the ditches which were as near toward
the walls as they could proceed. On the next day, March 7th, Dr.
Anson Jones, afterward President of the Republic, passed through
Washington, halting there; and several members of the Convention
repeated to him what the courier had told them of such approaches.
On the night of the same day, Dr. Jones arrived at the residence
of Mr. A. D. Kennard, Sr., twenty-three miles east-northeast of
Washington, and stayed there till after breakfast on the next morn-
ing, March 8th, 1836, when he repeated to several other gentlemen
what had been told by the courier to members of the Convention,
and by them to him, of several approaches by the enemy to the
walls of the Alamo. lie did not say how often they had
approached, but his expression was "more than once." Dr. Jones
does not tell this in his Republic of Texas; nevertheless, I was then
at Mr. Kennard's, en rote, as I thought, for the Alamo, and I
heard him repeat this statement.1 Thus we have excellent posi-
tive evidence that, before the 3d of March, 1836, some Mexican
soldiers did, more than once, approach within rifle-shot of the
Alamo, and nearer than that.
Rose left the Alamo on the afternoon of March 3d, and histo-
rians say that the courier, Captain Smith, left on the night of the
3d. If it were certain that Smith left on the night following the
3d after Rose left, this would prove Rose's statement to be false;
for Smith said nothing of Travis's speech. But Smith certainly
left before that night. I have no doubt that he left on the 3d, and
in the night; but his departure evidently was on the morning of
the 3d, between midnight and daybreak-say, soon after midnight.
'During many years I was ignorant of the identity of this courier, but
I have learned from Bancroft's history that he was Capt. John W. Smith
(Bancroft's North Mexican states and Texas, Vol. II, p. 213, foot note 26).
It was this same Capt. John W. Smith who piloted Capt. Albert Martin's
company into the Alamo on the night of ,March 1, 1836. (Ibid., p. 209.)
His bearing Travis's last dispatch pr-cle ved his life. He was an honorable
citizen of San Antornio, and represented Bc:ar district in the Texas Senate
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