admonitions by his superiors. Dubois de Saligny was apparently
psychologically maladjusted and his mission to Texas proved a disgrace.
In spite of all his faults and a limited range of vocabulary, Dubois
de Saligny could write with great verbosity and much exaggeration.
While in Texas he wrote extensively about conditions of the country,
its people, and events, often in great detail. His reports, when
viewed along with the personality of the man give valuable data
about the Republic of Texas, its government, politics, personalities,
people in general, economy, geography, and climate. The documents
in The French Legation in Texas add much to our knowledge of
the objectives of the French government's relations to the Republic
of Texas, and help to explain the feelings of Texans toward France
and her agents.
The format of the book and the illustrations are in excellent
taste and of fine quality. The Texas State Historical Association is to
be commended for carrying on its tradition of making more gen-
erally available to students of Texas history valuable source materials.
Professor Barker may well be proud of the fine contribution that she
has made toward a better understanding of the foreign affairs of the
Republic of Texas.
Texas A&M University J. MILTON NANCE
Eugene C. Barker, Historian. By William C. Pool. (Austin: Texas
State Historical Association, 1971. Pp. 228. Illustrations, index.
"The only impression of immortality that I have ever understood
is the assurance of having transmitted some service more or less iden-
tifiable to others." By that formula Eugene C. Barker built immortal-
ity at the University of Texas; the University has done its share to
keep his record of service alive by dedicating its Texas History Center
to him; his biographer now adds his contribution to ensure Barker's
enduring memory not only on the Austin campus, but for all who care
to read. This is a warm, appreciative, quite detailed, well-written,
and judicious life story of a highly respected American historian. Bar-
ker was a teacher, a scholar, and editor, a department administrator,
a campus leader, and often a campus statesman. Pool recalls him in
each of these roles.
Barker was a man of sterling character, of deep convictions which he
at no time hesitated to express with force and firmness. He was a man
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101201/. Accessed September 17, 2014.