The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 331
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soring. New Orleans always heard of interesting and exciting
things that were happening or about to happen in Texas. Ken-
dall went to Texas and shared the trials and hardships of those
who went to Santa Fe. His experiences were recorded in his
Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition (New York, 1844).
Kendall's next great experience was his reporting of the
Mexican war, and for this work the author correctly calls him
the "first modern war correspondent." He organized a pony
express to carry his war correspondence from Scott's forces to
Vera Cruz. It was a great good work that Kendall did and it
meant much for the circulation of The Picayune. The author's
treatment of this phase of Kendall's life is his real contribution
in this book.
A chapter on revolution and romance records Kendall's work
in France in 1848 on the revolution of that year and relates
the story of his courtship of and marriage to Adeline de Valcourt
in 1849. Seven years more Kendall's wife stayed in France,
while he went back and forth to Texas to make ready the ranch
home just a few miles from New Braunfels near Waco Spring.
When the Kendalls came to Texas they brought only Georgina
and William Henry along; Henry Fletcher, their infant son,
was too young to make the long journey, but came to Texas in
December, 1858, with his grandmother, Madame de Valcourt.
Caroline Louise, the oldest daughter, accompanied her parents
to Texas in 1866. Georgina married Eugene J. Fellowes, lived
for a while in Chicago, and now, at the age of ninety-three
years, is living in San Antonio, where she is well known as
Mrs. Georgina Kendall Fellowes. In his dedication the author
calls Mrs. Fellowes the "real biographer" of George Wilkins
The last three chapters of this intensely interesting and ad-
mirably written biography deal with Kendall's experiences as
a sheep rancher near New Braunfels from 1856 to 1861 and on
his Post Oak Spring ranch near Boerne, Texas, from February,
1861, until his death in October, 1867. These last eleven years
of Kendall's life were full but also hard. He still wrote for
The Picayune, but his weekly letter "dealt almost exclusively
with the past, as if there were no present and would be no
future." It is, however, this part of Kendall's life that will in-
terest Texans and will make them happy to own this book.
Besides the Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition
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