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ing" had been written "about the 750 mile salt water edge of Texas."2
His second publication, in 1975, was Dr. Webb's master's thesis, written
in 192o and titled "Texas Rangers in the Mexican War." His third book,
which contained the love letters of Sam Houston to Anna Raguet and
Houston's petition to the General Assembly of Tennessee requesting
that it grant a divorce from his wife, Eliza, was entitled Ever Thine Truly.
I cannot directly associate this latter publication with Dr. Webb, except
that the desire to make its content more widely available surely is in
keeping with the Webbian idea that to better understand a given period
of time, it is important to know all you can about the people who lived
during that era.
This reference to my son may not be altogether apropos, but it points
out that the great influence of Dr. Webb will be felt far beyond the first
2Larry J. Wygant's preface to Charles W. Hayes, Galveston History of the Island and the City (2
vols., Austin: Jenkins Garrett Press, 1974), n.p.
Walter Prescott Webb
FREDERICK W. RATHJEN*
My first recollection of the name Walter Prescott Webb goes back to
the middle thirties, when The Texas Rangers appeared in our home to be
read assiduously by my father and, somehow, to make me aware of
the name of the author, whom I imagined to be a rough and ready
hombre-a sure enough Texas Ranger as I imagined a ranger to
be. Later my father found enough depression coins-two bits for him
and a dime for me-for us to see the movie, of which I remember vir-
tually nothing except that it evoked mighty fulminations from my fa-
ther because, as Dr. Webb himself told the American Historical Asso-
ciation over twenty years later, Paramount "made full use of the title,
and little else."
In 1954 I returned to UT for graduate work after four years of naval
service, during which I suffered little but easily avoided intellectual
stimulation. A year later, I found Divided We Stand in the bibliography
for Dr. H. Bailey Carroll's History 369 and included it in my reading
*Frederick W Rathjen is professor of history at West Texas State University
' Walter Prescott Webb, "History as High Adventure," American HistoricalReview, LXIV (Jan.,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101212/. Accessed August 22, 2014.