The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 225
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Book Reviews and Notices
October 14, 1837, is set down as the date of departure from the
home place, Montpelier, when, in company with her husband, a
young brother, Robert Adams, her baby and nurse, the long jour-
ney to Texas was begun. Besides these, there were four negro
men, two women and four children. Their equipment, "one large
carriage, a big Kentucky wagon, three extra saddle horses, and
one blooded filly" made quite a little calvalcade. San Augustine
was their first stopping place in Texas; thence, journeying on to
Major Sutherland's on the Navidad, they experienced many vicis-
situdes of climate, a few Indian alarms, met some of the survivors
of the late revolution, and finally, on June 15, 1838, made their
entry into San Antonio de Bexar, the goal of their eight months
From this time until March 1, 1842, the diary deals with social
and domestic life mingled with the writer's presence in dangerous
situations, making her at times a witness of scenes of bloodshed,
and a listener to tales of Indian cruelty, inflicted on white cap-
tives. Rumors of threatened Mexican invasions were rife, and, on
the last date mentioned, hasty preparations for what is called "The
Runaway of 1842," a general exodus of the leading white families
of Bexar ensued. For the Maverick family it meant an entire
change of residence during the next five years; first a cabin on
the Colorado River near LaGrange, later a spacious residence at
Decrow's Point, sharing the name of home. During these years
Mr. Maverick's business necessitated frequent absences, and while
on a trip to San Antonio, he was made prisoner by the Mexican
force under Woll, carried to the City of Mexico, and then confined in
the Castle of Perote. The diary tells feelingly of the scene in the
cabin on the Colorado, when, after many months of captivity, he
dismounted before its doorway.
After the return of the family to San Antonio in 1847, many
pathetic episodes make up the record. Death claimed two lovely
young daughters. A terrible cholera epidemic ravaged the city.
March 28, 1859, is the last entry in the diary. Concluding chap-
ters deal briefly with events down to September 2, 1870, the date
of Mr. Maverick's death.
Addenda embrace letters to Mr. and Mrs. Maverick on business
and historical subjects; an account of the origin of the term
"maverick" applied to unbranded cattle, written for the St. Louis
Republic, to correct an erroneous statement in the Century Dic-
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