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    Broadside: 1852 Contemporary Souvenir Printing of "Child of the Alamo" Speech by Guy M. Bryan. One page, 8.5" x 12.75", 1852, n.p. Entitled, "Speech of Guy M. Bryan, Member for Brazoria, On a Joint Resolution for the Relief of the Infant Daughter of Susannah and Almiram Dickinson."

    In part: "No one has raised a voice in behalf of this orphan child-several have spoken against her claim. I rise, sir, an advocate of no common cause. Liberty was its foundation-heroism and martyrdom have consecrated it. I speak for the ORPHAN CHILD OF THE ALAMO!! No orphan children of fallen patriots can send up a similar petition to this House,--none other can say, I AM THE CHILD OF THE ALAMO. . . . She is entitled by the illustrious name of her martyred father-made illustrious, because he fell in the ALAMO."

    Guy M. Bryan (1821-1901) was a veteran of the Texas War of Independence. This speech was given while he was a member of the State House of Representatives from 1847 through 1853. Along with her mother, Angelina Dickinson (1834-1869), known as the "Babe of the Alamo," was among the few survivors of the Alamo. After the battle, Santa Anna expressed an interest in adopting the child, but Susanna refused. Earlier in 1839, Angelina and Susanna had received 640 acres, but Bryan's effort in this speech failed when the resolution to provide relief failed. Later in life she was associated with prostitution.

    According to Winkler (139), the broadside is dated ca. 1850, with dimensions of 21 cm x 27.5 cm (8.25" x 10.75"), different from this one. The dimensions to this printing don't match exactly the dimensions of a copy of the broadside (30 cm x 20 cm [11.75" x 7.75"]) held at Beinecke Library, Yale University, either. Fine.

    References: Winkler 139.


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