The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995 Page: 296
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forensic tests of ink and paper urged by Groneman, but also to the care-
ful analysis of scholars conversant with the complexities of Mexican his-
tory and sensitive to the context in which the diary was produced. One
of the most important of the many lessons that should be learned from
Groneman's errors, as well as the errors of others which his book has re-
vealed, is that historians of the Texas Revolution should never forget
that they are writing about Mexico, and that they must become, to the
very best of their abilities, Mexican historians.
But on the duties of the scholar, we should letJos6 Enrique de la Pefia
have the last word. In one of the little booklets that he crafted for him-
self from torn sheets of paper, there is a quarto which he entitled "Im-
portant additions to the diary, for organizing the editing of it .. ." On
the first page he wrote:
... es importante huir de ... [parcialzdad] si quiere uno ser creido. Mucho cuid. para
que [sic] es muy dificzl ser histonador.
(. .. it is important to avoid partiality if one wants to be believed. Be very care-
ful because it is very difficult to be a historian.)"'
" Packet III, de la Pefia Papers, UTSA (quotations; my translations)
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