The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 90
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90 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Roberts, and the military by C. I. Evans, with a closing paper on
the whole work by the editor. Thus the proper historical continuity
has been preserved, and all the other supplemental matter may be
regarded as so many side-lights thrown upon the 'main subject.
The dedication is to The Daughters 'of the Republic of Texas.
The character and scope of the work are well indicated in the pub-
Col. A. T. McKinney's preliminary sketch of the 'author is doubt-
less welcomed by the public, who know curiously little of Hender-
son Yoakum. Even well-informed Texans will be rather surprised
to learn that before leaving his native Tennessee, Henderson
Yoakum was considered a great lawyer, had been a member of the
State Senate, and had attained in the army the rank of colonel, and
commanded a regiment in an Indian campaign.
Judge Seth Shepard's introduction, touching on every phase of
Texan development, is an admirable summary of the whole work.
In the preparation of his work, Mr. Yoakum did not have access
to any respectable collection -of documents bearing on our earliest
history; for in the fifties none existed in the ,State. From his scant
and faulty treatment of the Franciscan missions, it is to be inferred
that he made but little use of the valuable mass 'of Spanish MS'S.
then in the archives of Nacogdoches and Bexar. For want of bet-
ter authorities on our early history, ecclesiastical and secular, Mr.
Yoakum resorted almost exclusively to the Spanish diplomatic
documents in the American state papers, and he did not always
intelligently construe these.
He could not, for want of the proper documents, begin further
back than 1685, and even then he was much hampered for authori-
ties to present clearly the struggle between France and Spain for
dominion in Texas. The sale of Louisiana to the United States
in 1803, followed by an influx of Americans, paved the way for
diplomatic intrigue and military incursions into Texas. Thanks to
the jealous Spaniard and enterprising Yankee, there is henceforth
no 'lack of material for 'history. In this period ,of the filibusters,
ending in 1821, Yoakum's outline assumes more the fullness of
history, enlivened with many well-told, exciting adventures. It is
not, however, till the period of American colonization that the
author appears in full sympathy with his subject, as he graphically
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