The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 242
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242 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
constitutions of Mexico and of Coahuila and Texas, and the crude
forms of legislation, both national and state, contained in the first
volume of this series present an object lesson in history without
which much of what lwe have heretofore obtained at second hand,
and very imperfectly, would be of little value. The original sources
of many private rights long since buried in oblivion are here
brought to light, and in this aspect the series is of immense value
to all classes of people. In spite of constitutional precautions,
Texas, especially in her earlier history, was very prolific in special
legislation, and numerous rights have grown up from various pro-
visions of the laws, long since obsolete and out of print.
We have here an encyclopaedia of Texas law and political his-
tory in convenient form, adapted to use in private as well as in
public libraries. The magnitude of the undertaking is such as to
preclude the idea of a speculative enterprise on the part of the
publisher, and it is hoped that the real merit of the work may so
commend itself to the intelligence and patriotism, as well as to
the practical necessities of our State, as to insure remuneration for
the great outlay involved. The price of the entire series, when com-
pleted, is to be $100, or about one-fifth the price of a set of supreme
court decisions. The comparative value of a complete compendium
of statutory law and a compendium of our jurisprudence as con-
tained in the reports of the decisions of our higher courts, can be
appreciated with little reflection. Neither is complete without the
other; hence it may be seen that this series is comparatively cheap,
and especially so when it is considered that a large proportion of
the matter is inaccessible, except in these volumes.
The compilation claims to be "an exact reprint of the originals
or copies, verbatim et literatim." The Introduction by Judge Raines
gives a summary of the matter to be contained in the entire series.
The volumes are to appear successively at intervals of two months
until the ten are issued.
Texas lawyers and students of law and history will wish Mr.
Gammel abundant success in his gigantic undertaking.
Z. T. FULxMa o .
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