The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909

Texas Historical Association Quarterly.

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
Sixty Years in Texas. By George Jackson. Dallas: Wilkin-
son Printing Co., 1908. 12mo, 384 pp., 34 ports., 7 ills.
Mr. Jackson frankly states in his preface that he had very
little education. It would be gratuitous to parade the numerous
minor faults that his book contains. Want of organization marks
the entire book. The author has incorporated almost the whole of
the "History of Dallas county, Texas: from 1837 to 1887, by
John Henry Brown," but without any apparent reason for doing
so he has broken up Brown's history and has scattered about the
parts in such a manner that the reprinted portions will be difficult
of identification by subsequent writers. He has brought the lists
of county and city officials down to 1908. The author has also
drawn upon the 'iMemorial and biographical history of Dallas
county, Texas. . . . Chicago, 1892," without giving any
credit to the same. The contents of the book that are original
may be classified under verse, biographical sketches of pioneers of
Dallas county and reminiscences of the author and his family,
accompanied in many instances with photographs of the subjects.
The biographical sketches in most instances are short-one or two
pages. The reminiscences constitute the raison d'etre of the book
and include "The experiences of John and Mary Jackson, that
emigrated from Devonshire, England, in . . . 1848, to Texas"
(pp. 2-60), "When I took the gold fever" (1860), (pp. 177-204),
and a "Diary of a trip to England" (1894), (pp. 287-322). About
the first mentioned of these reminiscenses centers the chief interest
of the book; it narrates not only the incidents of the journey to
Texas, but recounts the hardships and privations experienced after
settling in Dallas county. This part of the book will find sym-
pathetic readers in most of the old settlers of this State.
E. W. WINKLER.
Sketch of History. The First Texas Regiment, Hood's Brigade,
A. N. Va. By Geo. T. Todd, Captain Company A, First Texas,
1861-1865.
This sketch has the merit of a terse, free, and familiar style,
spiced with well chosen anecdotes, full of humor and illustrative

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