Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Littlefield Lands contains 16 pages of photographs which greatly
enhance the book and 24 pages listing names of and information about
the settlers of Littlefield Lands in chart form. Several maps help the
reader understand the geography of the area being described.
Littlefield Lands is basically a business history of a land company.
It will no doubt be of value to those who are interested in the detailed
transactions of a land company and its attempt to attract and hold
settlers to the South Plains. But Littlefield Lands is a local and regional
history, too, and should be considered a significant contribution by a
young writer who is a product of the area of which he writes.
Tarrant County Junior College BILLY J. HUGHEN
A Record of Faith, 1867-1967. By Mary J. Hayes and Frances T. Mc-
Callum. Waco (Texian Press), 1968. Pp. ix+ 124. Illustrations,
appendices, bibliography, index. $4.50.
Two members of Christ Episcopal Church, Tyler, Texas, have col-
laborated in producing this history of their parish, in commemoration
of the one hundredth anniversary of its founding. The first chapter,
entitled "The Place of Christ Church in the Diocese," is actually a
superficial chronological historical sketch of the Diocese of Texas and
has little to do with the history of the parish.
The biographical sketches of the eighteen clergymen are uncritical,
giving insights into the priests' personalities. Some parish history is
found in these biographies, which are marred by platitudes and a too
great reliance on remarks of bishops and others in addresses and on
occasions when one could expect to hear nothing but praise. Bad
times are glossed over.
The story of the building of the church and other structures is told
directly and often humorously. The chapter on "Memorials" lists all
gifts to the parish, with the names of the donors and incidental re-
marks. This makes deadly reading, but it is a valuable source of in-
The work relies heavily on secondary sources and is inaccurate in
some places (for example, the Diocese of Texas was organized in 1849,
not 1850; an incorrect list of bishops present for the consecration of
Bishop Goddard is given). Since the authors are active members of
the Episcopal Church it is inexcusable for them to consistently use
the adjective "reverend" as a noun (as a title of address) . The citation
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117146/. Accessed April 21, 2015.