The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 254
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254 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
tion, a Colonial Dame of America. Austin: Ben C. Jones & Co.
1901. Pp. xvi, 321.
The mechanical execution of the work is good throughout, and
its fine illustrations add much to its value.
Genealogy in Texas is almost an untrodden field, and the author
bravely assumes all the risks of pioneer work in this line in the
Lone Star State. With pardonable pride of ancestry, she has unques-
tionably made out a good case for the Fowler family. In her hands
the subject of genealogy (as generally treated, a dull one) is not
without interest even to the general reader. The perusal of this
volume will undoubtedly repay the student of Texas history by its
suggestive allusions to our pioneer characters. There is an old
Texas tradition that a man's real usefulness never begins till he has
crossed the historic boundary rivers of the Republic. Accordingly,
Mrs. Arthur does not fail to note the years when some of her dis-
tinguished ancestors entered the sacred dominions of Texas. To
illustrate: J. H. Fowler, later congressman of the Republic,
crossed Red River in 1817, followed by his brother, Judge Andrew
J. Fowler, father of the author, to become a Texas congressman
also. Rev. Littleton Fowler, Methodist missionary to Texas,
crossed the Sabine in 1837, became chaplain for the Senate in the
Second Congress, and subsequently an ardent advocate of annexa-
tion, which measure he lived long enough to see accomplished.
A native Texan and well read in the affairs of Texas, the author
reflects throughout the work ardent patriotism of the typical Texan
and the hopeful spirit of the Christian as well. The book, on the
whole, is a creditable production, and destined to an honorable
place in the literature of Texas.
C. W. RAINES.
The Publications of the Southern History Association for
November, 1901, contains an article entitled The Organization of
the Texas Revolution, by Eugene C. Barker. The paper deals with
the development of popular excitement in Texas which began in
April or May and culminated at Gonzales in October, 1835. This
development has been traced chiefly by means of the minutes of
public meetings, but a good deal of material has also been gathered
from private and semi-official correspondence of the period. Mr.
Barker seeks to show that the great majority of the Texans entered
the struggle against Mexico with reluctance; and yet, that Mexico
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