The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 24
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Southwestern Iistorical Quarterly
The citizens of this municipality are all our enemies, except
those who have joined us heretofore. We have three Mexicans now
in the fort; those who have not joined us in this extremity, should
be declared public enemies, and their property should aid in paying
the expenses of the war.
The bearer of this will give your honorable body a statement
more in detail, should he escape through the enemy's lines.
God and Texas - Victory or Death
Your Obedient servant
W. Barret Travis
Lieut- Col. Com.
P. S. The enemy's troops are still arriving, and the reinforce-
ments will probably amount to two or three thousand
By the same messenger who bore this appeal, Travis sent out
several private letters. To a friend he wrote:
Take care of my little boy. If the country should be saved, I may
make him a splendid fortune; but if the country should be lost
and I should perish, he will have nothing but the proud recollec-
tion that he is the son of a man who died for his country.17
"James T. DeShields (ed.), "John Sutherland's Account of the Fall
of the Alamo," Dallas News, February 12, 1911, says that this letter
was written to David Ayers, but the "Sutherland Account of the Fall
of the Alamo," found in John Ford's Journal (MS.), University of Texas
Archives, says "to a friend in Washington County." Some writers be-
lieve that the letter was written to Jesse Grimes, but a careful com-
parison of the various texts (Brown, Yoakum, Morphis, Kennedy, and
others) that quote this paragraph, together with the following bit of
information given to me by Mrs. Margaret Kress, convinces me that it
was written to David Ayres. Mrs. Kress is a descendant of E. M.
McHenry. The McHenrys and David Ayres lived near neighbors in the
town of Washington-on-the-Brazos. Charles Edward Travis, at that
time a child hardly seven years old, boarded in the Ayres home and
attended a school taught by Miss Lydia Ann McHenry. On his way to
the Alamo, Travis stopped at Washington to see his son and to arrange
for his care and comfort. So it seems logical that the letter was to
David Ayres. Very probably, however, the following letter, which was
also sent out on March 3, and which appeared in the Telegraph and
Texas Register, March 24, 1836, was to Jesse Grimes: "Dear Sir: Do
me the favor to send the enclosed to its proper destination instantly.
I am still here, in fine spirits and well to do, with 145 men. I have
held this place 10 days against a force variously estimated from 1,500
to 6,000, and shall continue to hold it till I get relief from my coun-
trymen, or I will perish in its defense. We have had a shower of
bombs and cannon balls continually falling among us the whole time,
yet none of us has fallen. We have been miraculously preserved. You
have no doubt seen my official report of the action of the 25th ult. in
which we repulsed the enemy with considerable loss; on the night of
the 25th they made another attempt to charge us in the rear of the
fort, but we received them gallantly by a discharge of grape shot and
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