The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 107
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Reviews and Notices
On August 18, 1839, Thompson writes Lamar from New York:
"I send no's 1 and 2 of a series of chapters on Texas, they have
taken very well, and are re-printed in the Balto and N York
papers, they are intended to, be correct pictures of T-- The 3d
no' is of more inport than the rest which are rather preparatory
chapters- . .. The Boston papers have the chapters with
quite a compliment to the Author"; on September 19, from Phila-
delphia: "I am publishing a little work on Texas small-with a
map, Chapters &c-it will be out in one month"; on December 28,
from Houston: "2000 copies of Texas by Milam sold in the North
2d Edition in press-Good! at last."
The author of the book is evidently a lawyer, as appears from
his familiarity with legal terms and procedure and from his use
of the phrase "my brethren of the bar" (p. 49). He is a partisan
of the Lamar administration: he gives merely a perfunctory notice
of General Houston (pp. 70-71), since "the victor of Santa Anna;
and the Hero of San Jacinto, must not be omitted in those pages";
of Lamar (pp. 18-20) and Handy (pp. 87-88) he speaks with per-
sonal knowledge and enthusiasm. His style resembles Thompson's
in his letters to Lamar. Moreover, in the letter of September 19,
noted above, the same objection is made to the bonding system of
Texas in relation to the depreciation of the currency as is urged
on pp. 63 and 64.
The map referred to in the letter of September 19 does not
appear in the State Library copy, one of the first edition, the only
copy to which I have had access; and there is no sign of its ever
having been included.
ELIZABETH H. WEST.
In "Polk and the Oregon Compromise of 1846," Political
Science Quarterly, September, 1911, Dr. R. L. Schuyler of Colum-
bia University acquits Polk of sharp practice in connection with
the settlement of the Oregon Question. "Because Polk refused
to assume the responsibility of war with Great Britain, for the
disruption of his party and for the failure of his administration-
and these apparently would have been the result of rejecting the
British offer-we need not infer that he had been playing a double
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