The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 70
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70. Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
President, a position which she held continuously up to the time of
her death. She was ever keenly alive to the interests of the Society,
and up to June 29, 1897, notwithstanding her advanced age, did
as much active service as the younger members. On the eve of that
day, upon the occasion of the closing exercises of the Academy of
the Incarnate Word, a convent situated just opposite her own resi-
dence, acting for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, she pre-
sented this school with lithograph portraits of Austin and Houston,
and in a short address inculcated the necessity for a knowledge of
the history of our own State, and a deep reverence for our heroic
past. This was the last time she was able to serve the cause she
loved so well, for, a few hours afterwards, she sustained a serious
injury, by slipping, as she ascended the front steps of her residence;
she never recovered the use of her lower limbs, and passed the rem-
nant of her life in strict retirement.
By means of a rolling chair, and an elevator constructed by her
eldest son for her use, she was enabled to move throughout her
home, and thus participated in many of the meetings of the San
Jacinto Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which were
often held in her parlor. Several times during her long confine-
ment of nearly six years, through the kindness of their teacher, Miss
Mary Roper, some of the classes from the High School would visit
her, and rehearse their exercises, prepared for the celebration of
Washington's birthday and the Texas Holidays. These occasions
were red letter days in her life, and were highly prized by the boys
and girls, who delighted in hearing her tell of having seen Lafay-
ette in 1825, as well as of her acquaintance with Houston, Rusk,
and others of the Texas revolution; their crowning pleasure, how-
ever, consisted in being accorded the privilege of reading Travis's
autograph letter to Andrew Briscoe, written just at the beginning
of the revolution.
A few years before Mrs. Briscoe's accident, she was elected first
President of the Sheltering Arms, a home in Houston for aged
women and for those of any age needing a temporary home while
seeking employment. This institution, organized under the fos-
tering care of Christ Church always held an important place in her
thought. She was reared in the Protestant Episcopal Church and
was confirmed by Right Reverend Bishop Freeman, in the early
days of church organization in Texas.
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