The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 79, July 1975 - April, 1976

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Romeo and Juliet because Shakespeare did not properly footnote resources
and in some instances played loose with facts. They prefer to procrastinate
while labeling their delay as reflection, seasoning, and painstaking. Some-
times they are correct in their estimates.
On the other hand, no less a historian than Arnold Toynbee, who has
received his own cacophony of criticisms, writes in the tenth volume of
A Study of History that he regards failure to publish, even tentatively, as
little short of criminal. If a man knows something, or thinks he knows some-
thing, avers Toynbee, he should get that information into print as soon as
possible and let others build on his knowledge. If you don't stick your neck
out by preliminary publication, then how are others going to build on your
foundation? The answer to that is, of course-if the foundation is faulty,
then the future superstructure will be equally shaky. Lord knows that we
have had enough errors perpetuated and that it is a hundred times more
difficult to expunge an error than it is to give currency to a truth.
All this is by way of saying that with the publication of The Papers of
the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836, Jenkins has built a base. Although li-
brarians have told me that he sometimes refers to papers in their collections
whose presence they can't confirm, and although I have several pages of lists
from them, my tendency is to go with Jenkins. While you may feel you
cannot use these nine volumes of papers with complete confidence in their
absolute fidelity of transcription, nonetheless you can use them. (I should
point out that the tenth volume is an index.) You can attain here con-
venient access to Revolution materials that otherwise might require days
of searching, if indeed you ever found the papers at all. From the papers
you can get a feeling for the period that is matched by no other publication.
You have a ready resource.
So forget that Jenkins does not put the tilde over the "n" in Castafieda,
or that he misspells Emeritas in his introduction. These are details. The
larger truth is that a necessary work has seen the light of day and that
Jenkins has once again served the cause of history in general and Texas
history in particular with a lasting contribution.
University of Texas at Austin JOE B. FRANTZ
Essays on Urban America. Edited by Margaret Francine Morris and Elliott
West. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1975. Pp. 147. Introduc-
tion, bibliography. $7.)
This ninth volume of the annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lec-
tures consists of four articles with an introduction by Constance McLaugh-

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