The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948

Book Reviews

Emphasis should be placed on the Prologue and the Epilogue,
two heart-stirring chapters. The Prologue opens the book with
a note of hope mingled with courage. The Epilogue closes with
a feeling of pride tinged with sadness. And the chapters in be-
tween set down in vivid detail the career of this eminent Texan.
No biography is, or by necessity can be, definitive. New ma-
terial, new slants, and the passage of time shed new light. In the
light of our present knowledge, the genial professor of history
at Southern Methodist University has spoken the final word on
the life of Anson Jones, the last president of Texas. Clearly, he
is made to stand out as one of that minority group of selfless
individuals whose satisfactions in life are derived from giving of
themselves to others rather than asking and taking from others.
He was blessed by superior intelligence and damned by little
enough confidence and inclination to take.
With the publication of this biography, Anson Jones stands
taller.
PAT IRELAND NIXON
San Antonio, Texas
The Conquest of the West. By Walter F. McCaleb. New York
(Prentice-Hall, Inc.), 1947. Pp. xv+336. $3.75.
After a long and versatile career combining in about equal
parts literary and business activities, Dr. McCaleb returns in
this book to the field of his earliest writings. While a graduate
student at the University of Texas, he wrote a study of the mis-
sion period in Texas history. It was a pioneer investigation in the
rich manuscript sources of Spanish Texas, but was never pub-
lished. At the University of Chicago a few years later he wrote
The Aaron Burr Conspiracy, a long recognized classic, which
touches intimately (though secondarily) the Texas-Louisiana
frontier. In 1901, he published in the Quarterly an all too brief
article on "The First Period of the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition,"
which has been ever since a necessary introduction to the so-
called filibustering encroachments of Anglo-Americans upon
Spanish sovereignty over Texas. A few years later he edited the
Memoirs of John H. Reagan. When the Yale University Press,
some thirty years ago, conceived the idea of a popularly-written

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