The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 8
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
character ever since-all seem to hang over him with-
out palliation; to say nothing of many imputations of
his honesty, laid to his charge: therefore I cannot
augur well of his administration but nous verrons.
All we can say of this blast is that every sincere portrait is
also a self-portrait. It can be just as unflattering as a self-
portrait as it can be of its sitter. Yet would we suppress an
unflattering likeness of a great historical figure if we knew it
were painted upon the spot? We might call it libelous; but
its very libel would tell us something in terms of its period.
Yes, there is in our friend of the diary something of the mor-
alist; even of the prig. This is another personal glimpse of
him, even at the expense of an illustrious man whose fame
is now secure.
Three days later, our friend is ready to go back to Arkansas,
a long journey, and it were only good sense to admit that it
had many dangers. But security sometimes asks too exasperat-
ing a price. He says:
This morning I met with some gentlemen who were
going what is called the old San Antonio road, direct
to Nacogdoches. But as they started before I was
ready they promised to travel slow for me until I could
overtake them; but this they seem to have forgotten;
for I did not catch up with them for 25 miles where I
found them stopped to take a "snack." I was somewhat
vexed at them; for this part of the country was said
to be much infested by hostile savages; but as they
had left me, I did not want their company; and so rode
on ahead and travelled the balance of the route alone.
I arrived tonight at a shabby frontier cabin having seen
no habitation between.
He was alone, then, on his horse. This is another personal
glimpse of him, with his spunk-or was it perversity ?-that
ruled him rather than reason on this occasion.
On Sunday, December 19th, he says:
Came today near 30 miles and stayed with Moses
Griffin, a very plain farmer, by who I was very pleas-
antly and cleverly treated-with a light charge of $1.00,
though at most of stands, with not so comfortable fare,
I have been charged from $1.25 to $1.50.
A day later, he says: "Today 25 to 30 miles, and stayed with
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