The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900

Notices and Reviews.

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ice of Oartwright and Melville as teachers at the University of
Geneva, printed with notes, from the advance sheets of a history of
that university, by Professor Charles Borgeaud, together with ex-
planatory additions by the author; and the Journal of Philip Fithian,
Kept at Nomini Hall, Virginia, 1773-1774, with an introduction by
John Rogers Williams.
Six Decades in Texas, or Memoirs of Francis Richard Lubbock, Gov-
ernor of Texas in War-Time, 1861-63; a Personal Experience in
Business, War, and Politics. Edited by C. W. Raines. Austin:
Ben C. Jones & Co. 1900. Pp. xvi+685.
While attending the District Court of La Salle county, at Cotulla,
in 1888, I met an old frontiersman, who inquired after Lubbock's
health, etc. In speaking of him he said he knew him as comptroller,
district clerk, lieutenant-governor, governor during the war, colonel
in the army, staff officer of President Davis, and auctioneer and com-
mission merchant; and that in every p-osition he was always faithful
and zealous. He said 'that he 'happened to, be in Galveston after the
war, while Governor Lubbock was in the business of auctioneer and
commission merchant, and having some curiosity to see how he played
the role of auctioneer he went 'around to, his establishment and found
him expatiating upon the virtues of 'a promissory note which he was
offering for sale to the highest bidder. One of the greatest merits
the note had in his mind was its signature. 'Passing it around
through the crowd, he explained how celebrated forgers signed their
names; how shrewd fellows who never intended to pay, arranged
their signatures-calling attention to the fact that nobody but an
honest horny-handed son of toil 'could have made such a signature--
interspersing his remarks with various historical references, until,
when the note was finally bid off, it brought nearly par. He said
he had heard him on the stump in Know-Nothing times--had heard
him discuss the Kansas-Nebraska bill, squatter sovereignty, and
most of the leading issues of ante bellum times; but never heard
him deliver a more entertaining speech than when he made this
note the subject on that occasion. The same resourceful characteris-
tics which made this promissory note a fruitful and interesting
theme, has given us a book on weightier matters, instructive 'and en-
tertaining to the highest degree.

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