The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 86
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86 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
A brief account of the origin, progress and present state of the
colonial settlements of Texas; together with an exposition of the
causes which have induced the existing war with Mexico. Ex-
tracted from a work entitled, 'A geographical, statistical and his-
torical account of Texas,' now nearly ready for the press. Some of
these numbers have appeared in the New Orleans Bee and Bulletin.
Nashville: Printed by S. Nye & Co., 1836." 8vo., 16 pp. The
preface is signed "Curtius"; this pseudonym also appears at the
end of the text. The text is addressed "to an impartial world,"
and is divided into numbers I-IV.
A comparison of the text of this pamphlet with the text of the
first twelve pages of an "Address of the Honorable Winm. H. Whar-
ton, delivered in New York, on Tuesday, April 26, 1836," shows
that entire paragraphs in the two publications are substantially
identical in language. Without further proof one would conclude
that Win. H. Wharton and "Curtius" are the same. In a letter
from Winm. H. Wharton to Henry Smith, dated Nashville, February
7, 1836, he says, "I have also published and sent on my Curtius
The "Curtius" pamphlet was written in December, 1835, and
was published at Nashville about February 1, 1836. Several
errors in the pamphlet are corrected in the address, and in one
mIsisnce a misprint in the address is cleared up by the pamphlet.
In a note to the statement, quoted from Wharton's letter to
Smith, Dr. Garrison says, "For what was doubtless the matter
of this pamphlet, see Telegraph and Texas Register for February
27, 1836." The number of the Telegraph referred to had trans-
ferred to its columns from those of the New Orleans Bee Number
1 only of the four numbers constituting the complete pamphlet.
What became of the "work entitled 'A geographical, statistical
,and historical account of Texas,' now nearly ready for the press,"
cited in the title of the Curtius pamphlet?
E. W. WINKLIR.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921, periodical, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101078/m1/92/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.