The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

actually met along the way are convincingly described; but, as
the editor says, when the author is "repeating hearsay, he becomes
insipid. His generalizations are usually less significant and inter-
esting than his particulars." As his journey was limited to a
narrow belt along which he apparently retraced his steps, he
failed to see East Texas, the plantations of the lower Brazos and
Colorado valleys, the upper Brazos, or the settlements south of
San Antonio. Other weaknesses, pointed out by the editor, include
failures in observations of fauna and flora and of navigation of
Texas rivers.
Brilliantly introduced and edited by Andrew Forest Muir,
Texas in 1837 will entertain even the most casual reader. Muir's
notes, placed at the back of the book, keep the record straight
and include, incidentally, a small mine of information about
personalities, places, and sources. From analysis of the original
"Notes," Muir decides the author probably was a resident of
Cincinnati, a Southerner in origin, and a New England post-
Calvinist in his prejudices. His constant references to the law,
especially the common law, lead Muir to suggest that he may have
been an attorney.
Special commendation should be given for the useful end-paper
maps, fore and aft, drawn by Edward R. Baird. Nine other
appropriate maps and illustrations are presented together at the
center of the book. They include "Texas in 1834" (taken from
Homer S. Thrall, A Pictorial History of Texas, 1879) and "Plan
of the City of Houston," surveyed by G. & T. H. Borden, 1836
(redrawn by Edward R. Baird). In the opinion of the reviewer,
the University of Texas Press, with the publication of Texas in
1837, has added another fine work to its growing shelf of im-
portant Texas books. JAMES L. NICHOLS
Stephen F. Austin State College
Fabulous Quarter Horse: Steel Dust. By Wayne Gard. New York
(Duell, Sloan and Pearce), 1958. Pp. 64. Illustrations, bib-
liography, index. $5.00.
I sat down with this book on a quiet Saturday afternoon. In the
background the radio was broadcasting the 1958 Kentucky Derby,
in which everyone interested in horse racing had his eyes, if not

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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 27, 2015.