The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

subject. He traveled over much of Texas during 1838. He de-
scribes the virgin beauty, fertility, and vast extent of the country.
He contrasts the character of the inhabitants and of Mexico-
the Anglo-Americans and Mexican-Americans.
His account of the Texas Revolution is brief; it draws largely
on Rev. Chester Newell's History of the Revolution in Texas
(New York, 1838).
The translation by Mr. Shepherd III makes available a scarce
book in readable English, which can hardly be claimed for that
by "a Gentleman of Philadelphia." The format is dignified: a
volume beautifully printed on excellent paper.
The University of Texas
Parson Hanks: Fourteen Years in the West; A Story of Frontier
Life in the Panhandle of Texas. By Ed. R. Wallace, with an
introduction by H. A. Boaz. Arlington, Texas (Journal
Print), 19o6; reprinted 1950o. Pp. i68.
This booklet is an autobiography of Parson Hanks who was
born Ed. R. Wallace in Kentucky in 1866. He grew up as the
youngest child of a typical rural family which in 1875 turned
toward Texas, where a location was made ninety miles from
Fort Worth. When twenty years of age a call to preach came to
young Hanks. Soon he was licensed in the Methodist Church by
a quarterly conference. At twenty-five the young preacher was
married and began his career as a circuit rider in the Hog Town
(Desdemona) Circuit.
At Hog Town the young preacher and his wife lived a strenu-
ous year made up of long sermons, brush arbors, poundings,
collections, prayer meetings, and camp meetings or frontier
revivals. A man was killed at one service and the young preacher
recorded in his autobiography: "To Parson Hanks and wife this
seemed rather tough-and it was hard-just to think of a man
being shot down without a word of warning. This unfortunate
man had been to the pen once and was looked upon as being a
nuisance by most of the people."
Next year the bishop sent Parson Hanks to Floyd and Briscoe
counties. His circuit was thirty-five by seventy miles in extent


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