The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 85
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A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo
was a man of charming personality. He had the power of making
friends with various classes and degrees of men. Toward women
and children his attitude was that of true courtesy. Indeed, the
contemporary writers were happy in their choice of a descriptive
word for this man. They always wrote "the gallant Travis," and
gallant in its best meaning fitly describes him.
As a lawyer and politician he was well trained for his day; he
was practical, astute, and youthfully ambitious. His future lay
before him, and it is evident that he dreamed dreams and saw
visions of success in his profession, of "splendid fortune," and hon-
orable position in the political and social life of Texas. But even
so, Travis was not a happy man.20 The wreck of his family life
must have weighed heavily on his spirits, especially during 1834
and 1835. Only a few months after he left his home, a second
child, a daughter, was born to him,21 and in 1835 his wife came
to Texas, bringing both children with her. This was her final
effort to make a reconciliation with her husband.22 No records
Stallworth, and hints found in various letters. These various sources
have been carefully compared for the compilation -of this description.
"Many hints are found concerning Travis's unhappiness. The follow-
ing quotation from the letter of one of his close friends is illustrative
of' them: "I almost think sometimes that was you with me you could
Enjoy some pleasure." See Robert Wilson to W. B. Travis, June 9,
1835, in the Franklin Papers (MS.), Archives of the University of Texas.
"In the handwriting of Mrs. DeCaussey, a granddaughter, this record
is written in the Travis Bible: "Born, 4th of August, 1831, Susan
Isabelle Travis, daughter of William B. Travis and Rosanna E. Travis."
"The following letter from Mrs. Travis to Judge James Dellett shows
that Travis had probably definitely decided to be separated permanently
from his wife. The original document -is in the possession of Mrs. W.
E. Deer, of Claiborne, Alabama. She lives at the old Dellett home and
has possession of the Dellett Papers. The University of Texas has a
photostat copy of the original, presented by Dr. James K. Greer of
Howard University, Birmingham, Alabama. It reads as follows:
September 6th 1834
I have been informed through my friends that you have been so kind
as to tender your professional services to obtain a divorse for me, from
my husband W. B. Travis My friends advised me long since to seak a
divorse, but as I had not lost confidence in his integrity to me, how-
ever deficient he may have been to others, I confided in his assurances
to me, that he would return to his family or send for them as soon as
he could obtain the means to make them comfortable, he continued to
write to me affectionately and to repeat his assurances of unchanging
attachment untill my brother Wm took exception to his conduct toward
me believing as he did that his intention was to abandon me all together
and yet inspire me with the hope that he would return to or send for
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