The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Book Reviews

original writings in minute detail, but differences are almost
negligible. Mary Rabb's spelling, while imperfect, is at times
delightful and will offend only the pedantic and fastidious. No
footnotes were included. An appendix was inserted, listing
names of "The Old Three Hundred," places settled, and dates of
original grants. The list ostensibly was taken from that com-
piled by Lester G. Bugbee, a copy of which may be found in
The 'Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association for
October, 1897, pages 108 to 1 17. Bugbee's list contains a more
extensive delineation of areas settled than that included in the
book's appendix. The appendix list is marred by several minor
typographical errors, none of which seriously detract from the
essential worth of the book.
Touching but lightly on more momentous events of the period,
Mary Rabb's memoirs assume importance through their faithful
portrayal of pioneer life in an important era of Texas history.
WILLIAM T. FIELD
Mary Austin Holley: A Biography. By Rebecca Smith Lee.
Austin (University of Texas Press), 1962. Pp. xii+447.
Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. $7.50.
Rebecca Smith Lee's life of Mary Austin Holley is a long book
and one long overdue for Texans. Mary Austin Holley occupies
an unusual niche in Texas history. She was the first historian of
the colonial period of Texas and her early books, Texas: Obser-
vations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive in a Series of
Letters (1831) and Texas (1836) have been reference books for
many later historians. Rebecca Lee has given the story of Mary
Austin Holley's life as well as that of her husband the broadest
treatment possible. Whether their accomplishments were of a
magnitude that would make them national characters can only
be told by the reception of the book. A large portion of the book
is devoted to the life and accomplishments of Horace Holley,
who must have been a man of great intelligence and unusual
ability. He knew and impressed such men as John Quincy Adams
and Henry Clay and was an intellectual leader in Boston, the
cultural center of the United States at the time. It would be
necessary to examine Horace Holley against a Massachusetts or

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