The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955

Book Reviews

came to the region in 1850, and the state legislature created
Bosque County in 1854. Judge R. E. B. Baylor held the first
district court in the county in the one-room log courthouse in
Meridian in 1856.
The author introduces the reader to the story of Bosque County
with a description of the geology, topography, and animal and
plant life of the region. A background story of explorations and
settlements in Central Texas follows. One of the most interesting
sections of the book is devoted to the narrative of the Norwegian
settlement in Bosque County. For many years the Norwegians
retained their language and customs and "remained aloof from
other Bosque residents." The final section of the volume deals
briefly with the early cattle business, the agrarian discontent of
the late nineteenth century, and with the highlights of the
history of the towns of Clifton, Meridian, Valley Mills, and
Walnut Springs.
Despite its brevity this is a good county history. The author
has done extensive research on the subject and has presented a
wealth of information. The volume is well documented and the
maps are helpful. There is no index.
JEFFERSON DAVIS BRAGG
Baylor University
The Territorial Papers of the United States: The Territory of
Arkansas, 1825-1829. Compiled and edited by Clarence
Edwin Carter. Washington (United States Government
Printing Office), Vol. XX, 1954. Pp. 967. Maps and index.
$4.25.
Appearing less than a year after the first volume, this second
in a series of three about the Territory of Arkansas increases and
supplements, with the chronology of four additional years, the
value of the earlier papers and of the long-range compilation
project.
The format is similar to that of the first-a division into four
parts and an index. The opening Part VIII continues with the
papers relative to the third administration of Acting Governor
Crittenden and brings this term to a conclusion early in 1825
with the appointment of General George Izard as Governor of
the Territory.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/. Accessed August 31, 2014.