The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 414
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
As the pledge of a Nation that's dead and gone,
Keep it dear friends and show it
Show it to those who will lend an ear
To the tale that this trifle can tell,
Of a liberty born of the patriot's dream
Too poor to possess the precious ores,
And too much of a stranger to borrow.
We issued today our promise to pay
And hope to redeem on the morrow
The days rolled by and the weeks became years
But our coffers were empty still;
Coin was so scarce, that the treasury would quake
If a. dollar should drop in the till.
But the faith that was in us was strong indeed
And our poverty well we discerned,
And this little check represents the pay
That our suffering -Veterans earned.
We knew it had hardly a value in gold,
Yet as gold each soldier received it.
It gazed in our eyes with a promise to pay
And each Southern Patriot believed it.
But our boys thought little of peace or of pay
Or of bills that were overdue.
We knew if it brought us our bread today
'Twas the best our poor country could do.
Keep it; it tells all our history over,
From the birth of the dream to its last.
Modest and born of the Angel of Hope
Like our hope of success, it has passed.
The bill is dated February 17, 1864, but the poem is undated.
Through a State commission California is now engaged in mak-
ing a survey of the materials dealing with its local history. The
members of the commission are: Hon. John F. Davis, Chair-
man; Dr. Herbert E. Bolton, and Mr. James M. Guinn, while Mr.
Owen C. Coy is its Secretary and Archivist. Already the Com-
mission has examined the archives of the fifty-eight counties of
the State and expects before the end of the year to publish a re-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917, periodical, 1917; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101070/m1/420/: accessed May 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.