The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899

Book Notices and Reviews.

The Laws of Texas. Compiled land .arranged by H. P. N. OGammel,
of Austin. With an Introduction by C. W. Raines. Austin:
The Gammel Book Clompany. 1898. Vol. I, pp. vii + 1527;
Vol. II, pp. 1729; Vol. III, pp. 1586.
This series contains really more than the title indicates, as a
glance at the contents of the first volume shows. They are as
follows: Austin's Colonization Law and Contract; Mexican Con-
stitution of 1824; Federal Colonization Laws; Colonization Laws of
Coahuila and Texas; Colonization Law of the State of Tamaulipas;
Fredonian Declaration of Independence; Laws and Decrees, with
Constitution of Coahuila and Texas; San Felipe Convention; Jour-
nals of the Consultation; Proceedings of the General Council;
Goliad Declaration of Independence; Journals of the Convention
at Washington; Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation; Decla-
ration of Independence; Constitution of the Republic; Laws, Gen-
eral and Special, of the Republic; Annexation Resolution of the
United States; Ratification of the same by Texas; Constitution of
the United States; Constitution of the State of Texas, with all the
laws, General and Special, passed thereunder, including Ordinances,
Decrees, and Resolutions, with the Constitution of the Confederate
States and the Reconstruction Acts of Congress.
- The second volume contains the Laws of the Republic and State
of Texas from 1838 to 1846, inclusive, and the third volume, the
laws of the State from 1846 to 1854, inclusive. The Constitution
of 1845 is incorporated in its proper place.
The Special as well as the General Laws are inserted in full-in
fact nothing is omitted from the current publications of the laws
as they were enacted from time to time.
It would be difficult to estimate the value of this great repos-
itory of jurisprudence and history. The services rendered the
legal profession by the Messrs. Sayles in the compilation of their
Early Laws has been of incalculable benefit to the bar, but this
puts us in possession of a vast amount of original data which for
many years has been practically out of print and inaccessible. The
student of political science is here afforded the material for study-
ing the true philosophy of the foundations of our political system,
the incongruities of Spanish-American methods in experiments
toward popular government, the striking contrasts between two an-
tagonistic civilizations, and the virtues and defects in each. The

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