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dants but has not subsequently been published.68 Another tantalizing
possibility is suggested by the following description written by William
McClintock, a Mexican War volunteer who visited the Alamo in 1846:
Approaching San Antonio from the north, or west, the first object that strikes
your attention is the ruins of the Castle of Alamo . . . This portion of the castle
[the church] is in better state of preservation than any other, being much
stronger and of more recent construction than the remainder. I send you a
pencil sketch of its western front. I claim no merit for it, except that I believe
the proportions are correctly drawn. I had not, nor could I get any other imple-
ments than a cedar pencil, and it not a good one. In order to send it by mail, I
was compelled to take it so small, I found it impossible to coppy [sic] the carving
and embellishments with the exactness and effect I could wish. By shading with
mezzo-tinto these portions I have attempted with the pencil, it may be very
much improved. Had I materials and implements, I would take others and I
flatter myself better ones."
b8 Pminckney, Paznting in Texas, 148-151. Sandusky's lost sketch of the Alamo is also mentioned
in Wilhliam Bollaert's notes, Ayer Collection. Sandusky is wrongly credited with the Everett fa-
cade in A Garland Adair and M. H. Crockett, Sr. (eds.), Heroes of the Alamo: Accounts and Docu-
ments of Wiliam B Travis, James Bowze,James B. Bonham and David Crockett, and Their Texas Memo-
rials (and ed.; New York: Exposition Press, 1957), 23.
69William A. McClintock, "Journal of a Trip through Texas and Northern Mexico in 1846-
1847," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XXXIV (Oct., 1930), 144, 145 (quotation), 146.
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