The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 63
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Nature's challenges make man a thinking, planning, conserv-
ing individual. Texas is ideally situated climatologically to
make great contributions to our cultural order.
With the recent death of Dr. Joseph J. Taylor, ("State Press"
of The Dallas Morning News), the state lost one of its most
distinguished citizens and the Association one of its best friends.
Paul M. Angle, Librarian of the Illinois State Historical
Library, Springfield, sends to the Texas Collection an 1846
description of San Antonio written by a resident of Pitts-
field, Illinois, who served in the Mexican War as a private in
Company A, First Regiment, Illinois Foot Volunteers.
San Antonio de Bexar, Texas
Sept 6th 1846
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I know of nothing interesting to write to you about, unless it be this
town-a brief description of which I will give you-It is an old dilapi-
dated-looking place-the houses are built principally of stone & mud--
there is not a single frame house in the place-the streets are straight
& regular-all leading into the center of the town, where there are two
Squares-called Military Squares-the walls of the houses are very thick
and were evidently built for purposes of defence-the roofs are covered
with dirt & gravel, it is impossible to set them on fire-There is a small
Catholic Church on the west side of one of the squares-it is a curious
building & contains many evidences of antiquity-it has three Bells
which are rung every morning & evening for mass-the population of
the town is supposed to be about 1500-two thirds of whom are Mexicans
friendly to the United States-On the east side of the town is an old
Church called Fort Alamo, the place where Col Crockett & his little
band of heroes "fell their rights defending"-It is an old building-and
was once, no doubt, a handsome one, but it has mostly crumbled down
now-it is not tenanted--except one room which is used for a Govern-
ment Blacksmith Shop-The San Antonio River is a beautiful stream of
water & is supplied by innumerable springs of cold chrystal water-it
washes the town of San Antonio upon two sides and one end-There is
a long row of large cottonwood trees, on the east side of the town-called
the Alamo Avenue-where we are encamped-the shade of the trees
afford us an excellent & cool retreat from the scorching rays of a southern
sun-It is supposed that this town was once a very large place & con-
tained from 15 to 20,000 inhabitants-it is supposed to be about 150
years old. ...
Very Affectionately Yours
Charles I. Sellon
Judge Harbert Davenport of Brownsville writes that "it was
with much regret that I found myself obliged to miss the an-
nual meeting." His services in connection with the local draft
board kept him at home, but he promises to be among those
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