Several of the theses presented by candidates for the Master of
Arts degree at the June Commencement of the University of
Texas will interest readers of THE QUARTERLY. Miss Abigail
Curlee of Mannsville, Oklahoma, wrote! a description of the opera-
tion of Peach Point plantation in Brazoria County, 1831-1863,
using for her sources principally two plantation record books
given to the University of Texas about a year ago by Mrs. James
F. Perry of Freeport, Texas. Miss Johnnie Belle McDonald of
Neches, Texas, wrote on the Soldiers of San Jacinto, a study
designed to determine whether the soldiers were bona fide resi-
dents of Texas or adventurers who returned to the United States
after the Texas revolution was over. The principle sources for
the study are the manuscript records of the General Land Office.
While information concerning some hundred and fifty of the
soldiers could not be obtained, that obtainable for about seven
hundred men indicates that they were settlers. Mrs. Willye Ward
Watkins of Austin translated, with introduction and notes, Santa
Anna's autobiography, the manuscript of which is in the Garcia
Library of the University of Texas.
Two, theses presented for the Master of Arts degree at the
University of Texas in June illustrate the increasing value and
importance of the Littlefield collection for Southern History.
Mr. James K. Greer wrote "Louisiana and the South, 1848-1860,"
entirely from sources provided by the Littlefield Fund; and Mr.
Rupert N. Richardson, writing in the department of government
on "Constitutional Restrictions on the Legislature," used almost
solely materials obtained by the same fund.
Sam H. Dixon has a series of papers in the Houston Post of
May 14, 21 and 28, 1922. The first gives an account of General
Sherman's visit to the Texan frontier in the spring of 1871, and
of the reversal of the War Department's Indian policy; the second
gives some account of R. M. Potter, author of "The Hymn of the
Alamo"; in the last he recounts some personal reminiscences of
Dr. J. 0. Dyer contributed to the Galveston News of May 7, 14
and 21, 1922, a series of papers dealing with the career of Jean
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/. Accessed July 30, 2014.