Sunday, September 9, 2007

92 The Davy Crockett Letter

Say it ain't so, Joe.
Recently, the Texas Historical Commission purchased what was described as the last letter the Texas hero and American legend Davy Crockett wrote.

Almost immediately, the news sources and internet came out with information about the letter being less than authentic!

Being someone who thrives on pretty much anything "historical," especially if it can be "touched," this set of circumstances is not good! (Ask anyone who happened to be with me a few years ago when I got to touch a Jefferson letter and pick up the oldest known Alamo photo during a special presentation at the Center for American History in's a big deal to me!) The final decision has not been determined, but the evidence seems to be leaning towards a sad outcome.

Doesn't lessen the man's contribution, but does put a damper on the "excitement of history" least for me. Guess we will just have to wait and see what happens.
If you want to see the original news articles about the purchase and don't have access to the local paper's archive, you can get the articles from sources such as EBSCO...if your library subscribes. I checked...they are there. You can "google" Crockett + letter and get all the various reports and discussions about it being fake.
The Fine Books blog has a whole series of posts discussing the evidence that is piling up.

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