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

Book Reviews and Notices. 317
BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
In the publications of the Southern History Association for
April, Mr. Bugbee has an interesting article entitled Some Diffi-
culties of a Texas impresario, in which he sets forth those encoun-
tered by Stephen F. Austin in such a way as to bring into clear
light the unfulfilled obligations of the State to this self-sacrificing
and patient hero.
The appearance of the fourth volume of Gammel's Reprint of
the Laws of Texas will be noted with general satisfaction. Ex-
tending from Austin's colonization to the adjournment of the
Twenty-fifth Legislature, thus publication involves a large outlay
in time and money, and by some the undertaking at its inception
was thought a bold one. But the increasing interest and demon-
strated value of the work give good assurance of its success.
It is very valuable to the student of history and to the Texas
lawyer, as it brings within ready access the sources of original in-
formation as to the development and changes of our institutions
and laws.
Volume 4 opens with special laws of the Fifth Legislature (No-
vember 7, 1853), and closes with the Constitution of the Confed-
erate States, adopted March 11, 1861. During these years growth
was rapid and changes great. There was then no prohibition in
the Constitution regarding private legislation, and more than half
the laws enacted were of that nature. All private corporations
were then created by special acts, and it is to these private or spe-
cial laws that the inquirer must go to acquaint himself with the
growth of corporations in our State. At one session of the Fifth
Legislature acts were passed for relief of more than 200 individuals.
Among the curiosities in this volume is a special law of the
Legislature entitled "An Act to incorporate the Terraqueous Trans-
portation Company," a private corporation to continue for 100
years, and whose business it was to construct and operate certain

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