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    John C. Duval. Early Times in Texas. Austin: H. P. N. Gammel & Co., 1892. First edition. 8vo, vii, 135; 243-253 pages. Appendix. Consisting of part one, "Early Times in Texas," only. Stapled together in booklet form with heavily damaged printed paper covers. Front and rear wraps detached. Contents toned and brittle.

    Also, a typed transmittal letter signed by Roy M. Farrar to Walter W. Fondren, dated December 22, 1925, reading: "I am sending you a copy of what I understand to be a true story of a Texas soldier who escaped the Massacre at Goliad, March 27th, 1836. You may have seen this old booklet before, but if you have not, I am sure you will enjoy the story."

    John Duval served variously and valiantly in the Texas Army achieving merit for his actions under the leadership of James W. Fannin, for his escape from the Goliad massacre, and for his service with John C. (Jack) Hays' company of Texas Rangers. An inveterate dreamer and explorer, reader and writer, Duval is often referred to as "the first Texas man of letters." Originally published serially in 'Burke's Weekly" in 1867, Early Times in Texas did not appear in book form (and then only as a pamphlet) until 1892. The story of Duval's remarkable escape from the Goliad Massacre and his other adventures became a Texas classic. "Of all personal adventures of old-time Texans, it is perhaps the best written and the most interesting" (Dobie).

    References: Basic Texas Books 51. Raines, p. 74. Howes D603. Graff 1188.


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