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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
streams. The Library of Congress has the only copy which has
been reported to the Union Catalog. The recent addition, Anson
Jones' Letters relating to the History of Annexation (Galveston,
1848), was displayed. Examples of gaps in the Library of
Congress may be shown by listing four titles which Streeter
displayed in the New York Public Library in 1936, all relating
directly to the two major opponents in the War of Independence:
the Documents of Major Gen. Sam. Houston, Commander in
Chief of the Texian Army . .. containing a Detailed Account
of the Battle of San Jacinto (New Orleans, at the Bulletin Of-
fice, 1836); the attack on General Houston's conduct of the
war by "A Farmer in the Army," Houston Displayed, or, Who
Won the Battle of San Jacinto? (Velasco, Texas, 1837); Ram6n
Caro's Verdadera Idea de la primera Campaia de Tejas, pub-
lished by Santa Anna's private secretary at Mexico in 1837,
and, finally, the egregious Santa Anna's own Manifiesto que de
sus Operaciones en la Campaja de Tejas y en su Cautiverio,
printed at Vera Cruz in the same year, 1837. A conclusive
assessment of the period 1796-1845 will be possible when Street-
er's promised bibliography appears.
For the period since statehood the Library has a number of
excellent Confederate items and one genuine rarity: the draft
Constitution of the State of West Texas, drawn up by authoriza-
tion of the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869 and thought
to have been printed at Austin in 1868. The Library of Con-
gress copy, which is in its original yellow wrappers, may be one
of the two mentioned in the New York Public Library Bulletin
for 1937 as being the only ones known. While the Library of
Congress does not appear to advantage in the early years of
the "Check List of Texas Imprints, 1846-1876," appearing ser-
ially in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, it is probable that
the Library's holdings are incompletely reported there.
Broadsides have been reserved for separate treatment because
the broadside is a wonderfully immediate and vivid imaging
of the history of its times. Printed for the rapid dissemination
of information among the people and often a stirring call to
action, it is used less effectively by historians than might be
the case. Another reason for separate consideration is the
fugitive character of this material: a book is a fairly solid object
which offers a certain resistance of its own to the ravages of
time, but a broadside must be deliberately protected if it is to
survive at all. For this reason a broadside is the more likely
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