The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965

Book Reviews

year in the Castle of Perote near Jalapa, and finally released in
September, 1844.
Bell's book, had it been more widely circulated, could well have
been a handbook for "manifest destiny" and a required manual
for every soldier in the Mexican War. He began, for example,
with a commendation for "the enterprising race who had rescued
this land of beauty from the hands of a usurper and his imbecile
minions, and declared that a tyrant's sway should not be felt on
a soil destined by nature and nature's God to be fit only for
haunts of freemen." (p. 1) While he did not allow himself to
become quite so effusive again, his simple narrative of events,
especially the poignant account of the execution, is enough in
itself to stir hearts to action.
The eighty-eight footnotes added by James Day are, as he in-
tended, a useful supplement to Bell's story. The account could
have been further improved by the use of a map or two.
McMurry College
Julien Sidney Devereux and his Monte Verdi Plantation. By
Dorman H. Winfrey. Waco (Texian Press), 1964. Pp. xiii+
162. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. $6.95.
This well written and carefully documented story of Julien
Sidney Devereux, who was a successful planter and politician
in Alabama and in Texas, grew out of a doctoral dissertation
done at the University of Texas.
Perhaps because of an unhappy marriage and some financial
difficulties, Devereux decided to come to Texas in 1841. He was
not the first nor in all probability the last new citizen to come
to the republic for these reasons. Devereux arrived in Jasper
County, in East Texas, where he remained only a month, but
long enough to take an oath of allegiance to his new country.
He then moved to Montgomery County where he lived for four
years. While there he established a plantation which he called
Terrebonne or "good land." In 1843, while living in Montgomery
County, Devereux received a divorce from his Alabama wife
and three months later married Sarah Ann Landrum, a lady
sixteen years old and twenty years younger than Julien. Julien's
father, John William Devereux, arrived in Texas in May, 1842,


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