The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 11
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The Escape of Rose from the Alamo.
course, all are explained in my account of the adventures of Rose,
in the revised edition of Mrs. Pennybacker's History of Texas for
Schools, pp. 183-188, especially pp. 187-188. The speech itself, as
compiled by me, fills a foot-note in the same book, pp. 139-140.
The first issue of the revised edition contains one misprint, p.
139, which has been corrected in subsequent issues. It represents
Travis as saying that the enemy outnumbered the defenders "two
to one." The correction is "twenty to one."
Now, I think I have fully explained this affair; and what is the
conclusion? One of two hypotheses is evidently a fact. Rose's
statement is either true or false. If it be false, who fabricated it?
The guilt would rest upon one of three persons; that is, upon Rose,
upon my mother, or upon myself. Rose, being illiterate, could not
possibly have manufactured what is represented to be Travis's
speech. I do not believe that my mother could have done so, if
she would; and I am sure that she would not. I do not know that
I could have done so, if I would, and I would not have perpetrated
such a fraud,-to save my own life. My sole purpose was to per-
petuate the memory of what I knew to be of great historical
importance; that is, the substance of Colonel Travis's speech to
his comrades in the Alamo, and to show how I learned it. If I
have succeeded, I have done well; and, if I have failed, I enjoy the
consolation of knowing that my failure is in a just and truthful
cause. If the present generation and posterity refuse to do me
justice, God will award it to me in the day of final account. But
I am not distressingly anxious for what the world may say about
my veracity, for I believe that my reputation as a truthful man is
well established; and, even should I be mistaken on this point, I
have a clear conscience, and this is better than all things else on
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