The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 153
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Book Reviews and Notices
and a rococo rhetorician rather than an orator. He was a versi-
fier whose efforts never rose to the level of poetry, save in two
possible exceptions that serve to prove the rule. He took part
in amateur theatricals, played the violin indifferently (one sur-
mises that Money Musk and Buffalo Gals was not a part of his
repertoire) and painted a little.
On the positive side, he was patriotic; he was brave to the
point of recklessness; he was honest; and apparently he was not
galled with the saddle of personal ambition as was his contem-
porary, Houston. If he was not moved to the great heights of
personal achievements by passing events, on the other hand he
held to his dominant purposes steadfastly while more volatile
men were swayed from their original designs. Santa Anna, con-
vinced of Lamar's obdurate will, said, "There goes the shadow
of Farias," and in so saying did both Lamar and Gomez Farias
The elements of a visionary and a hard-headed realist were
mixed up in Lamar; he dreamed of a Greater Texas that would
stretch from the Sabine and the Red to the Pacific, from the
highlands of San Luis Potosi to the Jackson Hole country. The
natural results of such an ambition was the Santa Fe Expedi-
tion, which, by the way, Gambrell does not believe so chimerical
a dream of conquest as has been professed by Lamar's opponents.
Lamar was a particularist in politics, both as an ardent state's
rights man in Georgia and Alabama and as an anti-annexation-
ist in Texas. There are not lacking those in Texas today who
assert that the happiest solution of her problems would have
been the realization of his plans for the creation of a Greater
So much for the man. Professor Gambrell has delineated him
in chiaroscuro rather than in colors. We know too little of what
he was like even after reading his biography. For instance,
what actually did he read: Plutarch, Shakespeare or Gibbon?
What was his economic status? Undoubtedly he had slaves, but
not a word about them to enliven the narrative.
Nevertheless, the touches are there in spots. Here is ai volun-
teer who walked to San Jacinto and commanded the cavalry of
Texas on that field. Here is the major-general of the Army of
the Republic of Texas who found himself ejected from his com-
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