The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991

Book Reviews

Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas, Volume XIV, March z8
through July 22, 1836: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Fall of Fort
Parker. Compiled and edited by Malcolm D. McLean. (Arlington:
UTA Press, 1988. Pp. 62o. Preface, illustrations, bibliography, in-
dex, colophon. $35.)
Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas, Volume XV, July 23, 1836
through August 9, 1837: The Gentleman from Milam. Compiled and
edited by Malcolm D. McLean. (Arlington: UTA Press, 1989.
Pp. 613. Preface, introduction, illustrations, bibliography, notes,
index. $35.)
Volumes XIV and XV of Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas
present documents relating to the final weeks of the Texas Revolution
and approximately the first year of the republic. These were months
filled with tension and rumors, with uncertainty and anxiety, but if the
documents presented are reliable reflections of the concerns of the day,
a time when Texans turned quickly from the concerns of war to more
conventional interests-namely land, Indians, and politics.
Volume XIV, often drawing from the collections of Binkley and
Jenkins on the Texas Revolution, contains a number of descriptions of
the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto and one or two descriptions of
the Runaway Scrape. There is evident in these reports and accounts a
considerable amount of confusion and rumor, but very little evidence
of the despair that might well have been expected. Responding to a
somewhat narrower matter, and one that has apparently been a family
concern over the years, McLean produces documentation to support
his assertion that Sterling Robertson took part in the Battle of San
Jacinto.
The amount of correspondence related to Indian matters of the final
weeks of the war and thereafter is very extensive. The Indian raid lead-
ing to the capture of Cynthia Ann Parker is related through several ac-
counts, an appropriate matter to consider, since the raid and abduction
took place within the boundaries of the Robertson Colony. There are
many documents concerning the activities of the Cherokees and Cad-
does and the organization of ranger/militia companies to defend com-
munities still seeking stability after the war.
Although Indian matters account for many of the papers in Volume
XV, the focus of this volume is more concerned with politics and land.
Election returns for some of the precincts in the Robertson colony
are revealing, especially with respect to the presidential candidacy of
Stephen F. Austin. The political story after the election of 1836 con-
tinues with excerpts from certain Senate and House Journals, where it
would appear that legislators were more concerned with land, Indian

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