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

Book Reviews

bound and printed, carefully documented, and of great reader
interest. It is another fine addition to the increasing number
of volumes published during the Civil War Centennial concern-
ing the men of Hood's Texas Brigade. HAROLD B. SIMPSON
Hill Junior College
The Sea Was His Mistress. By Winifred Lowther. San Antonio
(Naylor Company), 1964. Illustrations. $4.95-
This is a significant and rare contribution to Texana. It is rare
in the sense that it lacks the chronological exactness and careful
documentation so familiar (and necessary) in the historical mon-
ograph and journal; yet these omissions may indeed recommend
it. The author's purpose is to recount the events bearing on the
mature life of Captain William Evans. The task is accomplished
with haunting detachment and pervading insight. The geograph-
ical framework provides a pleasing and valuable context. Captain
Evans and his progeny are set in the region stretching from the
lower Texas coast to Galveston in the ante-bellum period. A
journey, replete with regional observations, up the Guadalupe to
the Hill Country illustrates certain elements of the Texas-German
culture.
Captain Evans, an experienced English seaman, accumulated
vast knowledge of the 'Texas coast over several decades of sailing.
Ranching and mercantile enterprises were temporary and not
financially successful; the sea was his mistress, and he returned
to her again and again. The reader interested in ranching will
find brief but valid references to the exigencies of that calling.
Secondary characters are equally important. The captain had
two families. Wives and children who remained behind to endure
the high mortality rate, social isolation, and ravages of nature
developed a poignant dependency and mutual affection. There
is a natural emphasis on the female role. Elizha, who survived
the death of her first husband after he and Evans failed to reach
the California gold fields, became the captain's first wife. Fol-
lowing her tragic passing the captain married his adopted daugh-
ter, Docia, who bore him eight children. Ella, daughter by Elizha,
demonstrated rare qualities of continuing attention and motherly
care for her younger half-sisters and brothers whose childish antics
are ageless.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed January 28, 2015.