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Stephen F. Austin, and Mexican legal records. To claim that nothing
has been overlooked would be presumptuous, but certainly the research
seems to be impressive.
Professor McLean writes with a point of view, one which he is quite
candid in presenting. Stephen F. Austin emerges as a figure of less than
heroic qualities. Only the beginnings of the Robertson-Austin dispute
is presented in Volume V, but throughout the series, there are a number
of instances where Austin is pictured in an unfavorable way. Subsequent
volumes will no doubt be of special value to those who have an interest
in the Austin family.
Some minor criticisms are in order. Professor McLean frequently al-
ludes to what is going to appear in later volumes. The habit is frustrating
to some readers, especially when these volumes have not yet been pub-
lished. In an instance or so, these references have been in error, because
discovery of additional material has altered the time sequence of the
series. In an earlier review (Southwestern Historical Quarterly, LXXIX
[July, 1975], 115-116), reference was made to the desirability of more
maps; the need still exists, although the maps in Volumes III and V are
useful. Some extraneous materials are included occasionally, and while
readers will likely not be offended by them, some will be a bit startled.
None of these observations, however, should obscure the overall ac-
complishments of Professor McLean. He gives credit to many who have
assisted him, including two universities and two university presses, but
it is his dedication and determination that has produced this major
contribution to the history of Texas.
Lamar University ADRIAN ANDERSON
German Artist on the Texas Frontier: Friedrich Richard Petri. By Wil-
liam W. Newcomb, Jr., with Mary S. Carnahan. (Austin: Univer-
sity of Texas Press, 1978. Pp. xviii+240. Preface, illustrations,
bibliography, index. $19.95.)
Richard Petri-German born and German trained-was a capable
artist, not a great one. Others were more skilled than he in portraying
the western American landscape and its Indian inhabitants. But ethno-
historians are in his debt because he left a remarkable visual record of
the early German settlers at Fredericksburg, as well as members of the
nearby Lipan and Delaware Indian tribes. All of these he depicted with
a seeing eye and a sympathetic heart.
His rough, quick sketches in charcoal, ink, and watercolor have in-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 83, July 1979 - April, 1980. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101207/. Accessed July 24, 2014.