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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ment. The University of Texas Press is to be commended for
ignoring a professional taboo; Oates is to be congratulated for
his determination while a graduate student to present a manu-
script worthy of acceptance by a reputable university press.
DONALD E. EVERETT
Trinity University
Texas Indian Papers, 1846-1859. Edited by Dorman H. Winfrey.
Austin (Texas State Library), 1960. Pp. 373. Maps, illustra-
tions, index. $5.75-
The preacher's lament, that of the making of books there is
no end and the studying of them is a weariness of the flesh, would
not apply to the third volume of Texas Indian Papers edited by
Dorman H. Winfrey, former Texas State Archivist, now Librarian
of the Texas State Library. This book is not just another book
about Texas or Indians which has woven those magic names into
its sales appeal. This volume is a documentary account of a facet
of Texas history which will forever have significance.
Contained therein is the poignant story of the struggle of two
cultures for dominance in a region greater than any European
country outside Russia. The Indian side of the story is largely
absent except as told in tales of woe by lonely settlers who had
felt the brunt of Indian attacks. A new factor, the general govern-
ment of the United States, was added to the struggle within the
chronological confines of the volume. Winfrey apparently chose
the beginning date with that factor in mind. Of interest is the
first and only valid treaty made by the United States with the
Indians of Texas after statehood. The closing date of the book
marks the removal of the Indians of Texas to lands outside the
state, but not the close of the struggle. (The remaining reserva-
tion in 'Texas is not inhabited by Texas Indians.)
Only those who have waded through the difficult manuscripts
can truly appreciate the excellent manner of editing performed
by Winfrey. The original documents were penned by correspond-
ents varying from college graduates and the highest officials in
the land to the semi-literate. Nineteenth century script, grammar,
and punctuation complicated the problem.
In a real sense this excellent volume literally brings the moun-

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/. Accessed September 30, 2014.