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sized and perpetuated. But this autobiography fails to do this
adequately. It may be that fine material was not properly util-
ized. It may be that more time should have been spent in
writing the book. It may be that a tendency to self-approba-
tion is too frequent. A big man becomes a bigger man when
he manifests a modicum of modesty. Comparatives are safer
than superlatives. No one could rightly impute to Dr. Young
a furor scribendi, for he has contributed many notable articles
to medical periodicals and has published several outstanding
surgical monographs which are finished and comprehensive.
His autobiography does not reach the level of his surgical
Hugh Young is a credit to San Antonio, to Texas, and to
the surgical world. His autobiography will let the general
public know how distinguished a figure he is in the surgical,
social, and political life of America.
PAT IRELAND NIXON.
San Antonio, Texas.
Texas Letters. Edited by Frederick C. Chabot.
San Antonio, Texas: Artes GrAficas, 1940. Pp. 188. Illustrations.
The Yanaguana Society was organized a few years ago "to
encourage historical research into the earliest records of San
Antonio," just to mention one of its laudable aims. So far it
has published four volumes, all of which I have seen and one
of which, the third, I reviewed briefly.
The present volume contains letters by, to, and about Texans.
These letters were collected from various archives and private
collections. They comprise the following: the Thomas Newcomb
Letters in the Carnegie Public Library of San Antonio, Texas;
a number of letters in The University of Texas, several of which
relate to the Castle Perote prisoners and to Benjamin R. Milam;
letters kept in the Alamo, several of which relate to Colonel
James Clinton Neill; three letters by Catharine W. Lockhart
loaned by Dr. P. I. Nixon of San Antonio, Texas; letters
from the John W. Smith collection presented to the Witte
Memorial Museum by the Tobin heirs, descendants of John W.
Smith; the Josiah Pancoast letters copied from the collection
of Mrs. I. J. Thompson of Odessa, Texas, which relate the
experiences of Josiah Pancoast in Texas and Mexico during the
war with Mexico; letters from the collection of Louis Lenz of
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed August 28, 2015.