The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

Book Reviews

time." The grace of this man was such that he would have laughed
at such a statement and denied it. He was quite relevant to his day
in his sermons and short pieces, and this is the reason that his ser-
mons would hardly be relevant to the turbulent sixties and seventies.
Like John Wesley, who was exceptionally relevant to the eighteenth
century and must be "demythologized" if we are to bring the core
of his truth into our day, so must Umphrey Lee.
Umphrey Lee's noteworthy contribution to the common life will
live when he is humanized and critically examined, instead of eulogized
into perfection.
First Methodist Church, Denton, Texas JAMES W. MORGAN
Missions of Old Texas. By James Wakefield Burke. (New York: A. S.
Barnes &c Company, 1971. Pp. 179. Illustrations, index, bibliogra-
phy. $8.50.)
The Spanish colonial period of Texas history long has suffered from
neglect, as well as outright abuse. After reading this book one may
feel that neglect is the lesser of the two evils.
Burke undertakes a worthy purpose: a concise popular guide to
the Spanish missions of Texas. But he leans heavily on previously
published information, which has been either sloppily researched or
poorly selected, and supplements it with carelessly gathered impres-
Neither documentation nor rationale is offered for his frequent
departure from established fact, exemplified in such statements as
The Apaches, assisted by the Comanches (their mortal enemies),
perpetrated the San Saba Mission massacre (p. 3o).
Alonso de Le6n, returning in 1689 from an "unsuccessful" expedi-
tion to drive out La Salle's French colony on Matagorda Bay, visited
"The Spanish settlement at San Antonio de Bexar" (no such settlement
existed until 1718) and "ordered another mission established" (p. 85) .
Sam Bass (who got no closer to San Antonio than Round Rock)
used Mission San Francisco de la Espada as a hiding place for loot
taken in stagecoach robberies (p. 88).
Numerous errors and inaccuracies cast doubt on the credibility of
the entire book. Lack of specific knowledge of some mission 'sites
results in erroneous classification (as missions lost, missions stand-


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