The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 271
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A Reconnoissance in Texas in 1846
with us upon all occasions. They have been free to give informa-
tion and ready and willing upon all occasions to pilot us through
the country and often without fee or reward often has the last
gallon of meal been divided with us when they knew not where
the next was to come from. this constitutes the soul of human
nature whilst the Texans have been derided and slandered called
cut throats robers and other beautiful names they will stand a
comparison in any thing but rascality and narrowheartedness in
general with their proud Traducers. they are brave and gener-
out to a fault. a friend they never desert in his time of need an
enemy they pursue until his blood pays the forfeit of his insult.
Go! Stranger ask of a Texian bread he will not give you a stone
or insult tell him you are destitute and in need and he jumps
to your relief without taking time to ask why the unfortunate
and needy are so far from home. If you have money he receives
a reasonable fee with grace. If you have none he tells you go on
your way rejoicing.
The Texans are the most independant people under the whole
canopy of heaven the wealthey of the old states not excepted their
herds are abundant and fine they need but little grain except for
bread as to, feeding grain, it is almost unheard of in Texas the
Lariett and hobble strop is their horse lot and the Prairas their
corn crib Game generally is their smoke house The rifle and
butcher knife is the pride and glory of their hearts
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927, periodical, 1926; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117142/m1/297/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.