The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 251

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and a limited number of manuscript collections, and she has also
drawn upon personal interviews. To write an exhaustive account
of Taylor's operations on the Rio Grande, it would be necessary
to go painstakingly through contemporary newspapers and to con-
sult more carefully official records and unpublished collections. A
few excerpts from manuscript sources, available locally, have been
used, but the published Letters of Zachary Taylor from the Battle-
fields of the Mexican War (Bixby collection), and the Taylor let-
ters in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress have
not been consulted. The study was probably not intended to be,
an exhaustive treatment, and the picture of Taylor presented in-
clines toward eulogy. Taylor's political statements are taken at
their face value; he was, in fact, very anxious to be president and
played the game of politics skillfully. In spite of these defects,
the study may serve to renew interest in Taylor's Mexican War
career, and if read critically, its tone and color may present a
healthy antidote to Justin H. Smith's War with Mexico, which
deals too severely with the American general.
The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense. By
Walter Prescott Webb. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
1935. Illustrated, Pp. xvii, 584. Price $5.00.) This volume
will be reviewed in the April issue of THE QUARTERLY.


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