The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991 Page: 102
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
I have before me a letter you wrote me a few years ago describing
your thoughts back in 1954 as you lay in a hospital in Austin recovering
from a ten-hour chest operation from which they didn't think you
would recover. Your family has undoubtedly seen this, but I quote it
here for my own expiation:
God is truth. Therefore the most sacred of all human rights is the right to
search for truth, which is to attempt to comprehend more clearly the nature of
God and his relationship to man. To deny the mind of man the right to search
for truth, or to place arbitrary limits on this search, is to deny the very nature of
God. This is the only real heresy. And the only real blasphemy is to seek to limit
the search for truth in the name of God. All truth is God's truth.
I hope all of us are given the grace with which you were entrusted. The
courage and sense of justice which you shared with us has gone far be-
yond your dreams. And I hope you are free of what we term mortal
pain. Seems to me it's your turn. Free at last!
Opposite page: In contrast to the traditional image of David Crockett going
down fighting (see page 69), this woodcut from an 1869 edition of Crockett's
autobiography depicts stereotypical Mexicans falling on an unarmed Crockett
with their swords while a haughty Santa Anna observes the summary execu-
tion. This illustration follows closely the details of Mexican officer Enrique de la
Pefia's account of the battle, which claims that Crockett was captured during
the battle and put to death immediately afterward. His body was then burned
along with those of all the other Alamo defenders. The two versions of Crockett's
death-fighting to the end, and being executed after the battle-were both
popularized during the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. Only after
Walt Disney's wildly popular 1955 television movie about Crockett had him die
fighting did the notion that Crockett might have been captured and executed
arouse controversy. Courtesy Barker Texas Hzstory Center, University of Texas at
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