The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

E. M. "Buck" Schiwetz. These are accompanied by explanatory his-
torical notes written by Robert S. Weddle (whose book, San Juan
Bautista, is reviewed in this issue).
Schiwetz' paintings, all in mixed media-pastels, inks, and casein-
were done in 1967. There is something about the Buck Schiwetz
paintings that lives with you. They are history that can be seen. In
these days of visual education we need that authenticity that the
Schiwetz works have. In viewing any of his landscapes one is usually
conscious of the fact that he is looking at a mesquite tree or a hack-
berry, cotton-wood, oak, bois d'arc, or cypress, just not merely a tree.
And that fact gives those of us in this part of the world a private wink.
It is indeed, our scene.
Robert Weddle has done the reader a real service by his ability
to cull out many lengthy details of the development of the missions
and gives us the names, the dates, and enough of the history to get
our immediate attention. The author knows his material and has
a direct quality that enables the reader to grasp the interdependence
and the historical continuity of these early Franciscan settlements.
As usual, the University of Texas Press acquits itself admirably.
In fact, there is getting to be a certain something about a Univer-
sity of Texas Press publication.
Austin, Texas TERRELL MAVERICK WEBB
Bartlett's West: Drawing the Mexican Boundary. By Robert V. Hine.
New Haven (Yale University Press for the Amon Carter Mu-
seum), 1968. Pp. xvii+ 155. Illustrations, map, index. $12.50.
In terms of its ultimate objective, Bartlett's survey of the Mexican
boundary after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was an exercise in
futility. But this book reflects its important artistic and scientific leg-
acy. John Russell Bartlett was the fourth of five commissioners of
the boundary survey. Two of his predecessors, Ambrose Sevier and
John C. Fremont, never functioned on the survey. John B. Weller be-
gan the work in 1849, but was removed by a rival political faction.
After Bartlett's three years of inconclusive labors, he was supplanted
by William H. Emory, who finished the job after the Gadsden Pur-
chase.
While Hine places Bartlett's work in its proper perspective, he
naturally concentrates on Bartlett's three years and their results. The

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