The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 91
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portrays the labors of Austin and his colonists in laying the founda-
tions of our mighty commonwealth.
Then ensues, in the reviewer's opinion, the best part of Yoakum's
work, with its .well-told story of the life of the Republic, ending
abruptly with annexation in 1845.
The new notes on Yoakum do not begin till 1831. They seem
to be entirely trustworthy, made up as they are from the unpub-
lished MSS. of Col. F. W. Johnson and from the contributions of
Moses Austin Bryan and Col. Guy M. Bryan, giving "the 'other
side," never before published, on many disputed points of our his-
tory. These notes are very valuable, and will probably stimulate
further inquiry for the truth.
Colonel De Brow thus noticed Yoakum"s History of Texas on its
first appearance: "Mr. Yo'akum seems to have collected with great
care all the existing material, ,with much that has never yet appeared
in print. All contemporary accounts, personal narratives, private
correspondence, individual reminiscences, newspaper statements,
and official documents are called into requisition. The work,
though 'wanting in system and condensed expression, is still of very
great interest and value, and is deserving of general study. The
author 'was evidently an enthusiastic admirer of General Houston.4
While approving this criticism, I would also state that
"Yoakum," with whatever defects it may have, is the accepted
standard of authority to-day, having more merit than any other his-
tory of the State ever written by a Texan.
The author of the continuation 'of the history on its main line
was la lifelong lawyer, and had been successively a colonel in the
Confederate army, Chief Justice of our Supreme Court, and Gov-
ernor of the -State. Besides (this, he was an ardent secessionist and
an honest doctrinaire 'of the Calhoun school of State Rights poli-
tics. He has, however, given the public the most impartial history
of Texas for the period covered that has ever been written.
'Beginning with a striking picture of scenes attendant on the
demise of the Republic and on the inauguration of the first Gov-
ernor of Texas in the Union, the 'author patiently goes through
every administration, noticing public events according to his esti-
mate of their importance, and giving fairly both sides of every dis-
4De Bow's Review, September, 1857.
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