The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 388

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association
will be held in Austin on April 28 and 29. The program con-
tains more papers than any in recent years, and some of them
promise to be of unusual interest. The date was moved from
April 21 in order not to conflict with the historical programs in
San Antonio and Houston.
The dinner address will be given by Judge Harbert Davenport
of Brownsville on "Shipwrecks of the Texas Revolution." So far
as I know this subject has never been given much consideration
by Texas historians. A wreck is always interesting and a ship-
wreck is far more dramatic and less messy than some other kinds.
Anything that Judge Davenport says about Texas history is well
said and on such a subject he will make a good case. He plans
to show the influence that the shipwrecks and other misadventures
of the sea had on the course of the Revolution.
Harbert Davenport probably renders more generous service to
history students and scholars than any other layman. He is an
authority on the Rio Grande Valley as well as on the Texas
Revolution. He carries a store of accurate information in his
mind that causes the professional historian whose memory has
worn out to despair. He shares his information with all who need
it; he answers letters the day he receives them; and when any
historian goes to the Valley Harbert Davenport lives up to the
highest tradition of hospitality. He quits a lucrative law prac-
tice and takes to the chaparral to show the newcomer where
things happened, or to the local archives where the records of them
are kept. He is a severe critic whose approval, silent or spoken,
is anxiously awaited by anyone who writes within his fields of
An editor of a publication such as The Southwestern Historical
Quarterly, and especially a new editor, needs to ask himself


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