The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 68
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68 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
of this escape was not published before 1873, and I do so according
to my knowledge of the subject.
I have elsewhere explained what I believe to be the cause of the
silence, till that date, of others on this subject.i Therefore, it re-
mains only to explain why I did not publish the facts sooner.
Be it remembered that my account of Rose's escape and journey
was not the principal purpose of my article in the Texas Almanac
for 1873; that story was merely incidental to, and in proof of, my
version of the substance of Colonel Travis's last speech to his com-
rades. The compilation of that speech was a work of much study
and long deliberation, besides repeated conversations with my
mother, to refresh my memory. Though I often thought of the
speech, and wished that it could be rescued from oblivion, I did not,
till 1871, believe that 1 or any other person could perform such a
In 1871, after much reading of early events in Texas-mainly in
Richardson's Texas Almanac-I experienced a phenomenal refresh-
ment of my memory of what I had seen, heard, and read of during
my earlier life. Among other things, I recovered scraps of Travis's
speech, as Rose had disconnectedly repeated them to my parents,
and they had likewise repeated them to me. I then felt that I owed
to posterity the duty of preserving all that I could of that speech.
By the assistance of my mother, whose memory was yet bright, I
committed to writing all that we could remember of the speech,
according to our recollection of its substance; but its parts were
disconnected, and we did not think that they included all that
Travis said. Then I wished so to arrange the parts as to approach,
as nearly as possible, toward their proper connection. Accordingly
I rewrote and transposed the parts many times, and the result was
the speech as it was afterwards published. My success was as much
a surprise to me as it could be to any one else.
Having reproduced Travis's speech, as nearly as it could be done,
it was necessary that I should explain how I had obtained it. This
explanation consisted in Rose's statement in full. To repeat this
was comparatively an easy task, as his narrative was one of suc-
cessive events which he stated in the order of their occurrences and
was easily remembered. I accordingly wrote his full statement,
'See Mrs. Pennybacker's New History of Texas for Sehools, revised edi-
tion, pp. 185-187; also THE QUARTERLY for July, 1901, pp. 9-10.
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