The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986

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sion of an East Texas woodsman and good storyteller.
Good maps accompany the text, and an extensive list of references
allows the interested to pursue the literature on the subject. Even if one
is only interested in a single look at ecological change in East Texas in
recent times, this book is recommended.
Stephen F. Austin State University ARCHIE P. MCDONALD
Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas, Volume XI. Compiled and
edited by Malcolm D. McLean. (Arlington, Tex.: The UTA Press,
1984. Pp. 666. Preface, introduction, photographs, illustrations,
maps, bibliography, index, colophon. $30.)
Volume XI of Malcolm D. McLean's Papers Concerning Robertson's
Colony in Texas covers a particularly exciting period on the eve of the
Texas Revolution, July 26 through October 14, 1835. Appropriately,
some documents dealing with the approaching conflict are included,
but the comprehensive character of McLean's study is well demon-
strated by the large volume of materials that concern other matters.
Land, which has accounted for a majority of the documents through-
out this series, continues to be the major subject. Many of the papers
relate to land grants and associated items that tell something about the
recipients of these grants. As in earlier volumes, McLean has un-
earthed and included considerable information that should prove
useful to genealogists of either the serious or casual sort.
Indian conflicts, which probably occupied the attention of settlers at
this particular time more than we usually realize, likewise are given
some coverage. There are many documents and other materials con-
cerning "Old" Nashville, or Nashville-on-the-Brazos. Some of these
items carry the story of the settlement up to modern times.
Among the information concerning the coming revolution are letters
from prominent Mexican officials (including General Martin Perfecto
de C6s), records concerning the selection of delegates to the Consulta-
tion, and a report of the Mexican commander at Gonzales. These docu-
ments are interesting and useful, but McLean's collection is particularly
valuable for its obvious notice of the fact that life went on and people
were concerned with other problems, even on the eve of war.
Readers familiar with the style and organization of earlier volumes in
this series will find this volume consistent in both respects. An introduc-
tory section describes the circumstances surrounding the production of
this particular volume and general matters related to the series. The
next item, a calendar of the papers, lists the papers by date and title.
The next section is a detailed essay relating the course of events repre-


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