Book Reviews and Notices.
Among the book reviews one finds, of special interest to Texas
readers, Professor Justin H. Smith's review of Professor Garri-
son's first volume of the Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic
of Texas, which was recently published by the American Historical
Association as Volume II, Part I, of its Report for 1907. Pro-
fessor Smith says in part: "Texas was for a time the most critical
diplomatic battlefield of Christendom. The publication of her cor-
respondence has therefore been a historical desideratum of no
little consequence, and one has great reason for thankfulness in
taking up the first of the two volumes which are to present it,
edited by a scholar better qualified than any one else for his task
and put forth by the American Historical Association in excellent
form. The contents of the volume are in general the correspond-
ence with the United States down to the close of 182; and among
the subjects upon which light is thrown are the internal conditions
of Texas, the character and purposes of her public men, her rela-
tions with the government and the Federalists of Mexico, her
southern and her northern boundary difficulties, her Indian troubles,
the moral and the material assistance drawn from the United
States, the Santa F6 expedition and its sequel, the question of pos-
tal arrangements with the United States and fugitives from justice,
American relations with Mexico and action in behalf of Texan in-
dependence, the treaty of amity, navigation, and commerce with
the country, political conditions here, the motives and aims of our
statesmen, and-above all other subjects-the questions of recog-
nition by this government and annexation to our Union."
E. C. B.
For the Liberty of Texas. By Edward Stratemeyer. Lathop,
Lee & Shepard Co., Boston, 1909.
This is a juvenile book written some ten years ago, and is the
first of a series of three romantic stories known as the Mexican
War Series, published by Dana Estes & Co., but now reissued by
the Lathop, Lee & Shepard Co. The struggle of the Texans for
freedom from Mexico, forms the historical background. Two boys,
Dan and Ralph Radbury, living with their father in "a typical
frontier home in the heart of Texas, close to the Guadalupe River,
and about ten miles from what was then the village of Gonzales,"
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/. Accessed January 29, 2015.