The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990

Book Reviews

cantly, the narrative reveals the contrast between the formal accounts
of the battles found in the Official Records and the vivid, sometimes ex-
aggerated, impressions of a common soldier. This book is a valuable
addition to the growing field that intertwines social and military his-
tory. Gallaway's study of Nance enhances our understanding of how
the war affected the men who fought.
Georgia Southern College ANNE J. BAILEY
Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony zn Texas, Volume 13, January 15
through March I 7, z 83 6, The Convention at Washzngton-on-the-Brazos.
Compiled and edited by Malcolm D. McLean. (Arlington: UTA
Press, 1987. Pp. 792. Preface, introduction, illustrations, notes,
bibliography, index. $40.)
Although there are probably circumstances when exceptions are ap-
propriate, consistency is ordinarily a virtue in the editing of multi-
volume collections of historical papers. In keeping with this goal,
Malcolm McLean's volumes on the history of the Robertson Colony
have generally followed a predictable and consistent pattern in both
content and organization.
The thirteenth volume is in most respects in keeping with the style,
format, and content of the preceding twelve volumes. McLean con-
tinues his practice of including a fair amount of what many would con-
sider to be extraneous and contemporary information. The style and
quantity of editorial comment is essentially the same as in earlier vol-
umes, and McLean's thorough search of original and secondary sources
is apparent in most document references. It is also evident that concern
with Indian affairs, a common topic of documents in earlier volumes,
remained a serious issue for Texans, even those confronted with the
eminent arrival of Mexican troops.
The brief period of time covered, however, and the fact that it is dur-
ing the heart of the revolution is responsible for some deviation from
past traditions. There is less in this volume for those interested in fam-
ily history and land records. The two months between January 15 and
March 17, 1836, were months of turmoil and confusion, with Mexican
armies making their way eastward across Texas. Not many new families
located on the lands of the Robertson Colony during that period. The
number of documents relating to land is sufficient to indicate that Tex-
ans remained preoccupied with the acquisition of land, even under cir-
cumstances that suggested a most unpromising future, but closed land
offices and the lack of authorized officials made creation of deeds,
titles, and surveys almost impossible.

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