Rendezvous at the Alamo: Highlights in the Lives of Bowie, Crockett, and Travis

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chapter 6
The Cautious Diarist

TRAVIS' DIARY has been shown to reveal his attitude toward women and that he was already thinking of remarrying before he and Rosanna were divorced. It also tells us something about his social life, his personal code and habits, his hobbies, and his interests.

What about his social life? According to his diary, it consisted mainly of calls on personal friends, an occasional visit to a saloon, attendance at fandangos or balls, and participation in religious services. Apparently he was the prime mover in some social events. On December 28, 1833, he wrote that he "...made arrangements for a Ball on a new plan -- signed subscription &c. S. H. Jack is to write tickets --."1 Two days later, after attending the ball, he recorded: "Ball &c -- fine enjoyment &c --,"2 while on the following day he wrote he had "Paid Ball Bill to Connell $2.50."3 On December 26 his entry includes "Went to party to Major Lewis's --."4 On the 28th, it was "Miss Cummings &c went to party at Townsend's &c &c."5 On the 31st he "-- went to wedding of A. C. Westal l & Miss E. Henrie --."6 These were social events of the holiday season. He recorded no others until May 6, 1834, when he wrote that he had

Bot of Somerville $1. worth of sugar & coffee for fandango of C. B. Stewart, one gallon whiskey for Do. -- Went to fandango, lost $1 -- which I owe --.7

If he spent a relatively small proportion of his time on social matters, it was not because he was antisocial. San Felipe was a small frontier town, where public social events were uncommon. Nor does the diary contain a complete account of his social activities. He referred to few matters that did not relate to his legal or

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