The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954

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from others to Maverick, also included here, explain how the
Maverick name came to be applied to unbranded and unclaimed
range cattle.
In 1847, while living temporarily at Decrows Point, on Mata-
gorda Bay, Maverick accepted a herd of four hundred cattle from
a neighbor in payment of a debt of $1,2oo. In 1854, after many
of the cattle had strayed or had been stolen, he decided to move
the remnant of his herd. With the aid of his two sons and several
others, he brought most of the cattle to his ranch at Conquista,
on the San Antonio River, about forty-five miles south of the city.
In charge of them he placed a Negro, with several Mexican
helpers. In Maverick's absence, most of the calves were left
unbranded, and many of the cattle were allowed to stray. In
1856, Maverick sold his land, cattle, and brand to a near-by
ranchman, A. Toutant Beauregard, a brother of the famous gen-
eral. In hunting for strays from Maverick's herd, Beauregard's
men ranged over several counties. Whenever they came upon
unbranded cattle, they claimed them as Maverick's and applied
the branding iron.
Mrs. Green includes the letters of Maverick's wife and uses
more than a dozen illustrations from photographs. In editing these
writings of a Texas patriot, she not only has done a service to
history students but has turned out a readable book.
WAYNE GARD
The Constitutional Principles of Thomas Jefferson. By Caleb
Perry Patterson. Austin (University of Texas Press), 1953.
Pp. xi+2 11. $4.00.
This is a penetrating study of Thomas Jefferson's writings,
chiefly public documents and voluminous correspondence, in
the effort to supply what Jefferson himself never attempted-
namely, an organized treatise on government. Appropriately, Pro-
fessor Patterson begins with a useful chapter on Jefferson as a
lawyer. Contrary to casual opinion, Jefferson carried on for ten
years an extensive and successful practice and considered law the
foundation of politics and political philosophy. Painstaking
analysis of Jefferson's correspondence proves that he was an advo-
cate of the federal Constitution, even to the doctrine of judicial

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