The more humorous aspects of these letters are to be found
in Pete's occasional contact with "society," either at Little Rock
or on his trips to the East. On one occasion he relates an inci-
dent which occurred at a supper party:
I sat next to a young lady, and I heard them saying, "Miss, with
your permission, I'll take a piece of the turkey," and so on. I sees a
plate of nice little pickles.-"Miss, with your permission, I'll take a
pickle," and she said I might do so. I reached over and dipped up
one on my fork-it was small, and I put the whole of it in my mouth.
Oh, lordyl but it burnt;-well, the more I chawed the worse it was.
Thinks I, if I swallow, I am a burnt koon. Well, it got too hot for
human nater to stand; so says I, "Miss, with your permission, I'll lay
the pickle back," and I spit it out. Oh, lordy! what laughing. "Excuse
me, ladies, if I have done wrong," says I, "but that pickle is too hot
for the Devil's fork." (p. 58.)
In editing these letters the editors have diligently identified
persons alluded to by initials or nicknames and have defined
words or terms commonly used in the locale and time of the
letters, but which are no longer generally known. There is also
included an excellent biographical sketch of Noland which adds
much to the understanding of the Whetstone letters.
This work makes a worthwhile contribution to the literature
of the Old Southwest and is valuable to the historian as a source
for the social and political history of ante-bellum Arkansas.
GARLAND E. BAYLISS
Texas A. and M. College
Brenham, Texas, 1844-z958. By Robert A. Hasskarl, Jr. Brenham
(Banner-Press Publishing Company), 1958. Pp. vii+96.
Maps, illustrations, bibliography. $3.75-
As the county seat of one of Texas' oldest counties, Brenham,
in Washington County, has a past which is representative of agri-
cultural communities in Texas. Robert A. Hasskarl, Jr., an in-
structor in history at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, has
searched into Brenham's past and has produced a readable and
rather complete history of the town.
Washington County, Texas, is located in the south central part
of the state near the center of a triangle formed by Houston,
Waco, and San Antonio. The county is well watered by the Brazos
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed August 30, 2014.