The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 143
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Book Reviews and Notices.
the attempt of the Lallemands and Rigaud to found on the Trin-
ity River the settlement known as Champ d'Asile. In telling the
story of this unfortunate affair, Dr. Reeves has relied almost en-
tirely on Hartmann and Millard's Le Texas, and Just Girard's
fictitious narrative contained in the Adventures of a French Cap-
tain. To this part of his story, therefore, he has added very little
to what was already well known by specialists. He has, however,
brought to light the correspondence relative to Champ d'Asile be-
tween the Spanish Minister, Onis, and the United States govern-
ment, and has shown how Monroe's administration proceeded to
interfere with the Lallemands' plan by sending George Graham to
Galveston Island to see what was going on.
In spite of a partial failure to state his own conclusions in a
sufficiently definite form, Dr. Reeves has done a good piece of work.
But to complete the story of the Napoleonic exiles in America, and
particularly of the Champ d'Asile episode, it would be necessary
to examine the Mexican archives and the B6xar Archives at
Austin, Texas. Onis was, during his ministry, in constant cor-
respondence with the government at Mexico and Chihuahua, and
the officials at these places, in turn, communicated their fears and
directed their orders for precautionary measures regarding the
United States frontier to the authorities in Texas. The reviewer
has seen in the Mexican archives correspondence from the Mexi-
can side of the Champ d'Asile question, and is confident of the
existence of the same sort in the Bexar Archives. The Mexican
side of Dr. Reeves' story, therefore, yet remains to be told.
H. E. B.
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