The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949

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RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
Terdn and Texas: A Chapter in Texas-Mexican Relations. By Oh-
land Morton. Introduction by Eugene C. Barker. Austin
(The Texas State Historical Association) , 1948. Pp. viii+ 191.
Frontispiece and maps. $3.50.
General Don Manuel de Mier y Tern, a Mexican official
closely concerned for a while with the colonization of. Texas, is
presented in this book as never before, with definitive and im-
partial narration and interpretation. In the "Introduction" Pro-
fessor Barker tells ably the merits of the book, the virtues of
Mier y Teran, and the stages of his connection with Texas.
There is no bibliography other than that indicated 'in 430
footnotes. These attest the careful, scholarly checking of many
books, newspapers and periodicals, and documents, private and
official. Most of these sources contribute vitally to the narrative.
Some of them, however, seem to be used as if merely to be
counted present in a roll call of available materials. Such use is
commendable, even if only to forestall some future investigator
who might otherwise claim to have unearthed some sources un-
known to Dr. Morton. He handles these materials quite as care-
fully and responsibly as Mier y Teran handled his tasks.
The book presents admirably the problems of the people in
Texas, of the government in Mexico concerning its own stability
as well as its management of Texas, and of a patriotic Mexican
official who devoted his unavailing efforts to the ideal of estab-
lishing a permanent, satisfactory, intranational relationship be-
tween Mexico and Texas. In clear sequences the story exhibits
the military and political contributions of Mier y Tern to the
establishment of the independent Mexican nation; his admin-
istrative work in and under the changing governments of Mexico;
his official errand across Texas, 1828-1829, in order to study the
eastern boundary and to estimate the various measures needed
for the development of Texas and its peaceful protection from
Anglo-American absorption; his participation in the defeat of
the Spanish invasion at Tampico; his efforts in that vicinity to

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