The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 337
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Book Reviews and Notices
ence, and are necessarily selective. The chronological limits of the
compilation extend from October 17, 1835, to October 22, 1836.
The documents are drawn from thirty-eight groups of material
in the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas and from
two groups in the Rosenberg Library of the City of Galveston.
Each group is briefly described in the bibliographical introduction,
and the descriptions indicate the heavy task of selecting which
the editor has performed, the number of items in each group
ranging from a few hundred to an estimated 30,000. As Pro-
fessor Binkley points out, the civil government of revolutionary
Texas passed through five stages, titular and chronological, and
the published documents follow that order. Editorially, the divi-
sion into five units serves the convenient purpose of a hook upon
which to hang a useful summary of the labors of the various pro-
visional governments. Each document is adequately edited, and
between one document and another Professor Binkley has inserted
a list of pertinent intervening documents that are reasonably ac-
cessible in other publications. In consequence, these volumes pro-
vide not only a source book but a guide to practically all other
printed documents relating to the Texas revolution. Many tanta-
lizing problems of editorial technique required attention and Pro-
fessor Binkley handled them clearly and in a manner most con-
ducive to the convenience of students who may wish to follow
In addition to the general editorial introduction and the explana-
tory sketches prefixed to the five Parts of the book, Professor Binkley
has accomplished the feat of writing an interesting, informative,
and thought-provoking summary of the Texas revolution, placing
it in the comprehensive fabric of American history. This was not
an easy thing to do, because nearly every historian who has touched
the history of Texas has thought it necessary to retell the story
of the revolution, until it has little freshness left. It was this fact
that drove the reviewer from the undertaking to write a history of
the Texas revolution a great many years ago. There seemed no need
of a general survey and the labor required for a minute and com-
prehensive study was appalling. Now that Professor Binkley has
pcrformed the yeoman service of assembling and sifting the docu-
ments-without impairing his enthusiasm for the subject-it is
to be hoped that he may bring out a definitive history of the
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