The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 237
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Book Reviews and Notices.
another connected with the beginning of the institutions Texas
now has, and with their subsequent development, it is that group
of counties carved out of Austin's first grant-Washington, Aus-
tin, Fayette, etc. Notwithstanding this fact, the present volume
is the first to undertake the delightful task of setting forth at some
length the r81e played by one of the divisions of this historic sec-
tion. The book may be divided into three parts, corresponding to
the three main heads in the title. The first 80 pages are devoted
to a description of the physical features, natural resources, indus-
tries, productions, population, social life, politics, newspapers, and
possibilities of Fayette county. It was perhaps this part that the
writer had in mind who said, "Mr. Lotto has given to his county
what many counties in Texas are trying to get; that is, just such
a write-up to be put in book form and distributed through the
country to prospective homeseekers. This book properly distrib-
uted ought to result in the location of several hundred families in
Under the second head a brief account of the history of the
county is given. Of the 120 pages covered by this sketch, Chap-
ters I and II cover 35 pages. Only 10 pages are devoted to the
history of the county up to the time of its organization, January,.
1838. Indian tribes, the arrival, character, and nationality of the
first white settlers, Indian fights, and the county's share in the.
War of Independence are touched upon. Few readers will be satis-
fied with this not only brief but lean sketch of the beginnings of
"the grand old county of Fayette." Chapter II is somewhat
richer in materials, and covers the period from 1838 to 1861. In
1838, Fayette county was a competitor for the permanent seat of
government of the Republic, and a bill locating the capital at,
La Grange, says the author, actually passed congress but was vetoed'
by the president. The Dawson massacre, the execution of the
Mier prisoners, and the removal to and interment of the remains
of both on Mounment Hill opposite La Grange are recounted,
The remainder of the Chapter deals with the organization of the
county, and with such subjects as taxation, county scrip, credit of
the county; jails and courthouses, paupers, ferries, bridges, and
roads, election precincts, county officers, and officers' fees-mate-
rials which are gleaned from the records of the county clerk's office
and which are kiln-dried in character. The location of the school
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