The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987

Book Reviews

Considering the nasty dispute that would develop between Robertson,
who would eventually control the Leftwich contract, and Stephen Aus-
tin, the relation between Austin and Leftwich revealed in the diary is
interesting. Leftwich obviously depended on Austin for assistance and
advice and Austin apparently provided him with such. The frustrations
and delays involved in dealing with a Mexican bureaucracy in transition
are clearly evident in Leftwich's words, and some of the methods used
to deal with the delays are also described.
This diary, which was located only a few years ago, is a useful addi-
tion to the literature of the period. McLean's presentation of it, while
somewhat unusual, is meticulous and predictably reliable. He has in-
cluded a translation of the Mexican Imperial Colonization Law of 1823,
the basis of Austin's original contract. Since earlier translations are no
longer in print, this will offer a convenient source of information
on that important document. Incidentally, a comparison of McLean's
translation with that of Stephen Austin reveals few differences and sug-
gests that Austin was indeed competent in his command of the Spanish
language.
Although many features of this volume differ from earlier ones,
some practices remain unchanged. In each of the preceding publica-
tions, McLean has included materials that are sometimes interesting
but do not appear to be truly and immediately relevant to the docu-
ments. This introductory volume is no exception. It includes a biogra-
phy of Edward Disney Farmer, a description of the E. D. Farmer In-
ternational Fellowships, and a complete list of the winners of those
fellowships through 1985-1986. McLean received one of the fellow-
ships, and in appreciation has dedicated this volume to the memory of
Edward Disney Farmer. It is a thoughtful and generous dedication, but
eighteen pages seems to be quite a bit of space.
Lamar University ADRIAN ANDERSON
Adobe Walls: The History and Archeology of the 1874 Trading Post. By T.
Lindsay Baker and Billy R. Harrison. (College Station, Tex.: Texas
A&M University Press, 1986. Pp. xx+4x 3. Foreword, introduction,
illustrations, photographs, maps, tables, notes, bibliography, in-
dex. $39.95.)
An important contribution to the historiography of the Southern
Plains, Adobe Walls vividly details the events at the 1874 trading post lo-
cated in the Texas Panhandle. Authors T. Lindsay Baker and Billy R.
Harrison focus on the 1874 battle at Adobe Walls, placing it in the
larger context of Indian-non-Indian relations on the Southern Plains.
This specific fight was a result of the development of the buffalo-hide
trade, which attracted hunters and accompanying traders and mer-

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