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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

For several years the Association has been receiving material
pertaining to Texas from Philip C. Tucker of Bradenton, Florida.
Mr. Tucker's gifts consist of books, original letters and manu-
scripts. The last installment came in September. It included
State Papers and Publick Documents of the United States from
1801 to 1811; two volumes of Watson's History of Philip II,
Holland's Martin Van Buren, typed manuscript history of the
case of Forbes versus Labadie, 1859, and typed biographical
and genealogical notes on Dr. and Mrs. James Long, including
two letters from J. S. Sullivan. All books and manuscripts have
been deposited with the Library to add to the Tucker collection.
Ray Wood of Raywood, Texas, began early in his career to
collect nonsense jingles, such as every American boy has heard.
These appeared in an attractive illustrated booklet, Peckerwood
Rhymes, which went through two or more printings, and has
now been succeeded by The American Mother Goose. The author
has caught much good American stuff missed by other collec-
tors. He has recently been in the East collecting rhymes from
the industrial district. In the first letter he wrote of meeting
notable people; in the second he was longing to get back to
Texas where he could get a dinner-without fish. The Ameri-
can Mother Goose stands a good chance to live, but for Texas
collectors, Peckerwood Rhymes should not be overlooked.
We find in The American Mother Goose such delightful trifles
as the following:
Monkey on the railroad,
Monkey on the fence,
Monkey get your hair cut-
Fifteen cents.
Or this
Snake baked a hoe-cake
And set the frog to mind it,
Frog went to sleep
And the lizard come and found it.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 6, 2016.

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