The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 86
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can be found that give satisfactory information concerning the
meeting between the estranged husband and wife, but it is general
knowledge that she demanded that he either make a home for his
family and live with them, or give her a written statement that he
would not do so. He gave her the written statement. She re-
turned to her father's house with her little daughter, leaving the
young son in Texas with his father.23 Immediately upon her
return to Alabama, Mrs. Travis sued for a divorce, and in Novem-
me until he could can (sic) no longer conceal his real designs of aban-
doning me alltogether. My brother wrote to him stating in plain language
his suspitions of him, and demanded an explicit explanation of his con-
duct and future intentions toward me in answer to that demand he has
declared his intentions never to return and his wish to be seperated
from his wife, after the declarations of such a wish on his part I could
no longer opose my friends however painful the thought may be to my
feeling to be seperated from the father of my children while he is liv-
ing independent of the disgrace that may attach itself to him myself or
my children the almost inevitable result from a separation by divorce,
but Sir I must submit to this mortification with nothing but the knowl-
edge of my own inocence as to the causes that has led to this result
to sustain me under it. For so far as I was able to do so, or know how
I endeavored to preform my duty as a wife with the most undeviating
integrity and faithfulness and if anything occurred to dissatisfy him
with me it was the result of my ignorance as to what was my duty as
a wife, or I would have performed it to his entire satisfaction. If you
will give me your professional aid You will confer a lasting favor upon
one who has nothing but her gratitude and her prayers for your pros-
perity and happiness to offer in return for your kindness.
My wish is that the action may be brought as early as possible. I
have no testimony to offer that will sustain me except his own declara-
tion made by letter to me at various times since he first spoke of a final sep-
eration and I believe that this testimony is in the possession of my
friends at home. I came on here last winter with the expectation of
seeing my husband and making an arrangement about my son with him,
but he disappointed me, here too. The situation in which 1 am left
by my husband, and the deficiency -on the part of my relations to assist
me, had induced me to resort to my own personal efforts to procure the
means of support for myself and children, to effect this I am endeavor-
ing to learn the milinary business as the moste honorable genteel way-
employment in my reach to effect that object, and I flatter myself that
my friends will applaud rather than condemn my course. My being
thus engaged. accompanied with the [necessity] of going to N. Orleans
at this season of the year will prevent me from returning home before
winter, If you can commence the suit without seeing me plese do so
my relations can tell you as much as I can if not I will be there so
as that it may be commenced next spring.
James Dellette, Esqr
8Mark Travis to Samuel E. Asbury, Asbury Papers, University of
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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/m1/100/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.