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Smith. After a few days travel over boggy roads from Fort Smith,
trailing the well-equipped Knickerbocker party and preceding
the caravan guarded by Captain Randolph B. Marcy's detach-
ment, the Green party began to doubt that it had chosen a route
wisely. By the time Green and his associates reached the Gila
three months later, they were well-convinced that they had been
led astray deliberately by scheming Arkansans.
On September 26, 1849, seven months to the day after their
departure from home-months in which the party found little
more to compliment than Lieutenant Emory's Narrative, which
they used as a guide-the disillusioned group reached the gold
fields. In Green's words, they had survived the hazards of the
trying overland journey to "reach the mines all disappointed
no money in our pockets and can't pick up gold as fast as we
anticipated ... the work looks very hard and the pay mighty
uncertain these are the things that stare us in the face at the
end of a seven mounth [sic] laborious trip."
Green survived his arrival by only a few weeks, but he had
already abandoned his search for riches in the fields to work at
the more prosaic but dependable occupation of drayman. Late in
December he died of typhus and dysentery and was buried by his
brother traveler-chronicler, Chamberlin and "Deacon" Howard.
Robert Green was no scholar, he was rarely descriptive by the
literary traditions of the time, and his journal is relatively brief.
Nevertheless, it has considerable merit. His comments on his
acquaintances, chance travelers and natives, on the country
through which he passed, and on the hardships of the journey are
direct, pithy, often humorous, and always intensely human. In
these down-to-earth qualities, the journal finds its worth and
makes its contribution as another creditable addition to the store
of forty-niner materials.
FLOYD F. EWING, JR.
Poets Laureate of Texas. By Margaret Royalty Edwards. San
Antonio (The Naylor Company), 1956. Pp. xlv+loo. Pho-
Margaret Royalty Edwards' book, Poets Laureate of Texas,
may be considered an addition to Texana in the field of history
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101164/. Accessed March 13, 2014.