The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 284
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284 Texas Historical Association Quarte'rly.
An ,active career as merchant, comptroller, clerk of the Harris
county district court, ranchman, farmer, lieutenant-governor, gover-
nor in the most trying time of our State's existence, colonel in the
army, staff officer of Jefferson Davis, prisoner, auctioneer, commis-
sion merchant, collector of taxes, State treasurer, member of Pen-
itentiary Board and 'later of the Bo-ard of Pardons has brought him
in close contact with almost every phase of life in Texas from 1836
'The great charm of his conversational powers, his wonderful
memory, his charity for all and malice toward none have all been
,transferred to the pages of this book 'and made .almost every line of
it attractive and entertaining, as well as instructive.
Its value, as a contribution to the history of Texas, consists mainly
in the elaborate background to the bare historical picture furnished
by others, yet there is enough new historic material to make it ex-
ceedingly valuable for that alone.
It seems to be a complete history of politics, politicians, and states-
men in Texas; and, what is surprising in a closely printed book of
nearly 700 pages by -a most pronounced democrat of the extreme
school, there is no uncharitable insinuation or unkind allusion
towards any 'foe, or to any tenet opposed to his own. There is no
.deification or disparagement of men, and no dogmatic treatment of
the measures, which divided the public men of Texas into hostile
camps from 1836 to 1896. Public policies, political platforms, and
all issues concurrent with the development of Texas, from an infant
Republic with a population a little more than 30,000 into an impe-
rial State with a population of over 3,000,000, are clearly and
It will be a valuable legacy to future generations who will learn
to love and honor the men who have .directed her destinies through
so many dark and perilous times.
Z. T. FULMORE.
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