Texan Statecraft, 1886-1845. By Joseph William Schmitz.
San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1941. Pp. x, 266. $2.75.
There appears here what has been fittingly described as the
first complete, comprehensive survey of the diplomatic history
of the Republic of Texas. In his preface the author explains
that previous investigations bearing on this general theme are
in the nature of special studies on single phases of the subject
or are concerned primarily with other countries and only
indirectly with Texas. The present work, he adds, proposes
to record the efforts made to establish Texas as a member of
the family of states, and to tell "what the Texans wanted,
how they set about getting it, and to what extent they suc-
ceeded or failed." The book has an appropriate title.
The first chapter presents a review of the early important
military and political developments in the Republic, and serves
as a background or introduction for the study proper. The
eleven remaining chapters relate specifically to such familiar
phases of the subject as: recognition by the United States;
failure of the early efforts at annexation; recognition of Texas'
independence by France; Lamar's aggressive policy; James
Treat's negotiations in Mexico; the alliance with Yucatan;
negotiations of James Hamilton in Europe; annexation ma-
neuvers in Houston's second administration; further negotia-
tions in Europe, principally with Belgium, the Netherlands,
and the Hanseatic cities; and, finally, the consummation of
annexation. There follows a well-arranged bibliography which
lists all important manuscript material found in the collections
at The University of Texas, the Texas State Library, and the
Rosenberg Library, Galveston, much of which has been edited, of
course, and is available in printed form; numerous other official
documents largely of the governments of Texas and the United
States; additional printed sources consisting of memoirs, remi-
niscences, published works, et cetera; and, of course, pertinent
secondary material. The most important single source of infor-
mation used is The Diplomatic Correspondence of the Republic
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