The director of the Association, H. Bailey Carroll, is shown displaying George
Wilkins Kendall's The War between the United States and Mexico, a leading item
in the seventeenth annual book auction of the Association held on April 27, 1956, in
conjunction with the sixtieth annual meeting.
This record of the Mexican War was authorized by an act of Congress and was
printed in 1851 in Paris, France, by Plon Brothers. Twelve illustrations, "the greater
number drawn on the spot," were done by Carl Nebel. The above copy included
the rare drawing of "Gen. Scotts entrance into Mexico City."
The Kendall work, presented anonymously to the Association for the book
auction, has been rare for more than a century. Only a handful of copies
were not destroyed when the Mississippi River flooded the basement of the Picayune
Building in New Orleans.
The book was bought by J. Evetts Haley, member of the Association's executive
council, who paid $1 10 for the prize item.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/. Accessed July 14, 2014.