The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 115
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Writing from Midwestern University, Kenneth F. Neighbours
makes a reference which should be of more than passing interest
to many Texans. Dr. Neighbours' comment has to do with an
early use of the expression "The eyes of Texas are upon you."
Neighbours relates that in the domestic correspondence file of
the Texas State Archives there is a letter from Governor Henry
Smith to Edward Burleson dated December 9, 1836, in which
the Governor orders Burleson to take Bexar saying, "The eyes
of Texas are upon you."
Paul Stevens, P. O. Box 1874, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
has presented to the Association a photograph of Colonel Barnard
Elliott Bee and one of Mrs. Barnard Elliott Bee, wife of the
colonel. Apparently, these photographs were done by Calloway
of San Antonio from portraits. Mr. Stevens would like any infor-
mation concerning the location of the original portraits. Mrs.
Bee is the great-great aunt of Mr. Stevens. Mr. Stevens points
out that it was the colonel's son, General Barnard Bee, who, at
the first battle of Manassas (Bull Run), exclaimed, "Look at
General Jackson, standing like a stonewall."
Some thirty-five years ago Mr. Clifford Carpenter of Farmers-
ville, 'Texas, came into possession of the two volume set of
Wooten, A Comprehensive History of Texas. Marginal notations
indicate that the books were owned in 19go01 by Sam R. Hamilton
who was probably then a resident of Farmersville. Hamilton ap-
preciated the books. He used them, read them, and made highly
intelligent and perceptive marginal notations.
For many years Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter had given these books
careful handling in their own home library. Eventually, however,
they came to be concerned that perhaps the books were rare and
that they should be put to additional service in some library or
depository. Mr. Carpenter wrote a letter of inquiry along this line
to the Association and, in reply, had the value of the books ex-
plained to him. He and Mrs. Carpenter responded by sending
the volumes to the Association to be housed in the Eugene C.
Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas. This was
an exercise in good citizenship and the volumes will now be avail-
able to researchers in Texas history through many generations to
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