The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 76
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76 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar. Edited from the
original papers in the Texas State Library, by Charles
Adams Gulick, Jr., with the assistance of Katherine Elliott,
Archivist, Texas State Library. Volume I. (Austin, A. C.
Baldwin & Sons. 1921. Pp. viii, 596.)
To those who are interested in the early history of Texas, the
wealth of manuscript materials in the Texas State Library and
the University of Texas Library presents an especially fertile
field of research. There has been a drawback, however, in the
fact that most of this material was accessible only to those who
were able to use it in Austin, and for this reason any effort to
edit and publish individual collections of these papers is heartily
welcomed. A praiseworthy beginning was made when the Diplo-
matic Correspondence of the Republic was published under the
auspices of the Historical Manuscripts Commission of the Amer-
ican Historical Association, and this same commission now has
the Austin Papers in press. The State of Texas has shown its
interest by publishing the Secret Journals of the Senate of the
Republic, and is now in the midst of financing the publication of
the Lamar Papers, Volume I of which has recently appeared.
The importance of this collection to the historian of Texas and
of the Southwest can hardly be over-emphasized. It consists
mainly of Lamar's state papers and personal correspondence, to-
gether with documents relating to Texas and Mexican history
which were collected by him to be used in writing a faithful
account of the Texan struggle for independence. Needless to say,
his service as attorney general, secretary of war, vice-president,
and president of the Republic makes the first group infinitely
more valuable than the second. His collection of materials for
his history was never completed, and at best was largely second-
hand information. Its fragmentary nature renders it necessary
for the historian to rely, not on Lamar's copies and translations,
but on the same sources which he used. From this point of view
the first volume is somewhat disappointing. Slightly more than
half of its contents deals with events which took place before
Lamar reached Texas. It is but fair to state that many of these
documents can now be found only in the Lamar Papers, and con-
sequently are worth reproducing; but the nc).essity of printing his
loose and sometimes inaccurate translations of documents which
are now in the Nacogdoches Archives in the State Library is
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922, periodical, 1922; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101082/m1/82/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.