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

Book Reviews

Mary Austin Holley by Mattie Austin Hatcher, and the life and
letters of Henry Austin, brother of Mary Austin Holley, by
William Hogan, in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly,
XXX VII.
It seems regrettable that more time and space was not devoted
to a closer analysis of Mrs. Holley's character, capacities, and
idiosyncrasies. Also, a deeper appraisal of the literary merit and
the political and historical significances of her Texas books would
have been most gratifying. The book is certainly the result of
almost limitless research, which must of necessity have involved
many parts of the United States and a familiarity with the leaders
of the country during the closing part of the eighteenth century
and the beginning of the nineteenth century.
J. P. BRYAN
Colonel Amasa Turner The Gentleman From Lavaca and Other
Captains at San Jacinto. By Paul C. Boethel. Austin (Von
Boeckmann-Jones), 1963. Pp. 168. Illustrations, notes, index.
$6.oo.
When the historian writes on the post-war life of a participant
in the Texas Revolution, he sometimes discovers that the post-
war career was anti-climactic and rather sedentary. Amasa Turner,
as described by Paul C. Boethel, was an admirable person of high
principle, integrity, and stability, but his career did not include
the performance of the heroic deed that brings fame and fortune.
The purpose of this book was to prevent Turner from sliding
into historical oblivion. The author has stated in his preface
that "Outside the army, he received no honors at the hands of
the Republic or of the State of Texas. Once forgotten, no eulogy
suffices, but then perhaps this volume, in a small way, will
restore the Colonel to his rightful place in Texas history." This
book is not intended to be a chronological biography of Turner,
nor of any of his associates. Having forewarned the reader of his
organization, the author proceeds to describe those phases of the
careers of Turner, Moseley Baker, James W. Robinson, Dr. John
H. Bowers, and Richard Roman that best illustrate their activ-
ities during and after the revolution. With the exception of
Bowers, who was a physician, all of them became involved in
politics. The precise relationship of Turner to each of them

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