Re: J,W, Dalton...Did Howk figure it out?
Dear Linda McManus:
According to the info in "The Crittenden Memoirs" ( 1936 ) itself ( see page 355 ), Dalton went to Kansas City, MO on business in Feb. 1935, and while there visited his old friend Thomas Theodore Crittenden, Jr. It was at that time that Dalton FIRST met Henry Huston Crittenden, the compiler of "The Crittenden Memoirs." It was also at that time that Dalton FIRST learned that the book was even being compiled. Dalton was invited to contribute some articles which he had previously written for some Texas newspapers, and 7 of these articles ( along with 2 letters Dalton later wrote to Henry Huston Crittenden ) appeared in the book, all at the very end of the section titled "Outlawry in Missouri." The "Outlawry in Missouri" section comprises pages 131-374 of the book, and Dalton's 7 articles and 2 letters appear at the tail end of that section, as a self-contained, separate subsection, on pages 355-374. Dalton's 2 letters to Henry Huston Crittenden were written from Gladewater, Texas, and were dated March 6, 1935, and March 26, 1935, respectively.
In the March 6, 1935 letter we find the following:
"My Dear Mr. Crittenden:
I received your letter and card this morning and was glad to hear that your MSS. has been turned over to the printers. It don't take long to get them out if the printer knows his stuff and of course most of them do. . . . "
What this tells us, is that Crittenden's manuscript was probably almost ready to be sent to the publisher at the time Dalton and Henry Huston Crittenden first met in Feb., 1935, and that Dalton's 7 articles and 2 letters were included in the book as a very late addition ( almost at the last minute, so to speak ). Apparently they were "added on" at the tail end of the section titled "Outlawry in Missouri," and appeared as a SELF-CONTAINED, SEPARATE SUBSECTION there, rather than being "worked in" to the subject matter of the section as a whole.
Some researchers claim that Dalton wrote the whole section titled "Outlawry in Missouri" ( which comprises pages 131-374 of the book ), but if that is true why was a separate subsection of that section set up on pages 355-374, at the beginning of which Henry Huston Crittenden explained the circumstances of his first meeting with Dalton and where the 7 articles by Dalton FIRST appeared which were REPRINTED on pages 355-371 of the book? If Dalton had really written the entire section "Outlawry in Missouri," it seems likely to me that Henry Huston Crittenden would have said so on page 131, at the beginning of that section. What reason would Crittenden have to pretend that Dalton was responsible for the contents of pages 355-374 ONLY, if Dalton was in fact responsible for the contents of pages 131-374?
Ola Everhard's account of Dalton's contribution to "The Crittenden Memoirs" is quite different from the above account. In a separate post I will give Ola's account ( from her unpublished manuscript ) of Dalton and "The Crittenden Memoirs."
Sincerely, and Lots of Love - -
P. K. K.