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

Book Reviews

Barnard; Barnard E. Bee; Thomas W. Bell; Charles G. Bryant, and his
son Andrew Jackson Bryant; Samuel A. Maverick and his wife Mary
Maverick; William Fairfax Gray; Moses Johnson; George Wilkins Ken-
dall; Z. N. Morrell; and a vigorous, attractive young woman named
Harriet Moore Page. From the several journals, diaries, and surviving
letters of these rather diverse personalities, the author is able to put to-
gether and present the month-to-month and year-to-year procession of
that most eventful decade in a well-connected and definitely "human"
manner. Fortunate it is indeed that each distinguished age of history
turns up with at least a few conscientious keepers of journals and writ-
ers of letters.
The book opens with a brief prologue, and concludes with a similarly
brief epilogue, with eleven well-titled chapters between. In the pro-
logue, after touching upon the events of early 1846 and statehood, the
author remarks, "a wonder it was that the Republic of Texas had exist-
ed at all, and more wondrous that it had survived for nearly ten years.
Internally, the Texas Republic was for most of its life a house badly
divided. Externally, the world often seemed to be in conspiracy against
As in his several earlier works, Weems demonstrates thoroughness of
research scholarship. While the text is entirely devoid of footnotes, there
are eighteen full pages of references at the end of the volume, divided
by individual chapters. Together with these sources is an excellent
chronology of the era, by important events. Finally, there is a selected
bibliography of both published and manuscript material. The book list,
of some fifty titles, will be most helpful to the readers inspired to pursue
the subject further and deeper.
The Texas Courthouse. By June Rayfield Welch and J. Larry Nance.
(Dallas: G.L.A. Press, 1971. Pp. iii+342. Illustrations, bibliogra-
phy, index. $12.50.)
Although temples of justice in Texas are prominent features in coun-
ty-seat townscapes, comparatively little printed material is available
about the circumstances of their construction, their architects, and their
builders. New publications on courthouse architecture and history are
enthusiastically welcomed by scholars if they contribute new informa-
tion and graphics.


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