The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 334
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
who won the independence of Texas; the architect of the monu-
ment; the historian whose patient investigations have given
him a personal acquaintance with nearly every man who fought
in the battle of San Jacinto; and a grandson of a distinguished
citizen who fought as a youth at San Jacinto and sixty-one
years later served as a commissioner in the purchase of the
battlefield by the state.
I have already confessed my own appreciation of the Library
and Museum. I venture the hope that the Library may become
a treasure house of Texana, reflecting the state's whole miracu-
lous development. Books, pamphlets, maps, letters, diaries, ac-
count books of plantation and store, old newspapers, programs
of such ceremonies as these are the very essence of history,
and the surest corrective to the sort of misinterpretation that
I have described.
I have a hope, too, for the Museum. Besides the relics of
more comfortable pioneer living, I wish that it might exhibit-
if not in the main hall, in some properly obscured annex-the
homely artifacts of frontier life: the hand-forged knives and
forks; the gourd cups and dippers; the hewn tables, stools, and
benches; the frows for riving boards; the candle moulds and
bullet moulds; the wrought iron clevis and pin which, accom-
panied by a file rasping on a hoe, was the frontier equivalent
of a jazz dance orchestra, in default of music. Such memorials
of the past are veracious historical sources, and cannot be easily
misconstrued. Moreover, they invoke the gratitude of the hum-
ble and contrite heart for the comforts that we enjoy, temind-
ing us of the courage and hardships of pioneers, the rock
whence we were hewn.
The University of Texas.
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