The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 104
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104 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
explained in the same way, is that the papers in the first volumes
are, on the whole, of more general interest, though not necessarily
of more value, than subsequent ones, which often are of local bear-
ing. It is to be noted also, that whereas the first thirty-two vol-
umes are composed entirely of copies, in those that follow a goodly
portion of the manuscripts are original. Though not a little of
the material is the same in both parts of the collection, probably
many gaps left open by the earlier volumes are filled by the later
More than half the volumes that I examined contain more or
less material on Southwestern history, some original and much
unprinted. It may be divided roughly into that bearing (1) on
Texas and Louisiana, (2) on Nuevo Mexico, and (3) on the
explorations and missionary work of the far Southwest. It will be
convenient to consider these divisions in the order given.
Of the sources described in the article referred to a considerable
part relate to the history of Texas, volumes 27 and 28, Docu-
mentos para la Historia Eclesidstica y Civil de la provincia de
Texas, for example, being devoted exclusively to that subject, and
containing papers of great importance. Examination proved that
the succeeding volumes also contain material on Texas, equally
extensive, and some of it of considerable value; though no addi-
tional sources were encountered of such general interest as some
in the earlier numbers. Apart from the incidental references to
Texas in the extensive material bearing on Nuevo Mexico and upon
the Southwest as a whole, volume 51 deals exclusively with Texas,
and 100 nearly so; 43 is devoted entirely to Texas and Louisiana;
while a number of papers relating to Texas history are found scat-
tered through other volumes. The most important groups of this
material deal with the history of Bucareli (the settlement of
which Nacogdoches was the continuation), the Texas-Louisiana
boundary, commercial relations between Texas and Louisiana in
the later eighteenth century, surveys made between Santa F6 and
various Texas points in 1787-8, and the status of Laredo and
Dolores in 1757, shortly after their foundation. While most of
the papers are in the form of official copies, hence reasonably trust-
worthy,only a small part are original. Indeed, a much smaller
portion of the material found on Texas is original than on a num-
ber of other subjects. The natural query is, Where are the origi-
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