The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 77
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Book Reviews and Notices
questionable. Inasmuch as at least three more volumes will be
required to complete the work, and since the most valuable part
of the collection will fall in the later volumes, it is unfortunate
that judgment must be passed on the first volume alone. As has
been indicated, however, this volume contains a great store of
valuable material. The first document is dated 1756; the last,
December 29, 1837. Thus the book contains documentary mate-
rials covering approximately half the period of Spanish occupa-
tion of Texas, all the period of Mexican rule, and the first two
years of the life of the Republic of Texas. Out of a total of 639
documents, 19 belong to the first period, and the most important
of these deal with the Mexican revolution. About three hundred
documents fall within the period of Mexican rule, and furnish
valuable source material for the background of the Texan revolu-
tion. The remaining documents cover the revolution itself, to-
gether with the problems of organizing the government of the
new republic, and since Lamar was himself a participant in these
activities, the potential value of the material increases.
The editor has reproduced the documents practically without
change, and has wisely followed the order and numbering of the
documents as planned by Miss West in her Calendar of the Lamar
Papers, published in 1914. Any effort to classify them according
to subject matter would have involved him in serious difficulties,.
since they range from undergraduate essays and love letters, to
presidential messages. Manuscripts falling in the first group have
not been printed, but the calendar note indicating the nature of
the contents has in each case been reproduced. Since the docu-
ments are arranged in chronological order, it would seem logical
to close the volume with the end of a year, rather than stopping
at December 29, thus leaving ten documents which belong to the
year 1837 to be published in the next volume. The explanation
of this situation is to be found in the fact that the state's contract
with the printer called for a volume of six hundred pages, and the
printing of the next document would have caused him to exceed
These defects are of minor significance, however, when the real
value of the work is considered. The publication of this collection
of papers insures the permanence as well as the accessibility of a
vast store of material without which an authentic history of Texas
cannot be written. It is to be hoped, therefore, that a fund which
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