The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 423
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The Texas Almanac
$11,450,201.51 could easily be paid off for $5,528,195.19. Noth-
ing was said about repudiation. It was to be a scientifically
scaled proposition. At any rate, the point was delicately made
that the bark of the eleven million dollar debt was really worse
than the bite was likely to be.
It is interesting that the state's obligations are listed as "the
domestic and foreign debts." The "foreign debt" was owed
primarily for purchase before annexation of the steamer Zavala
and several sailing vessels which had constituted the Texas
navy, the exploits of which had been such as to bring the civil
government of the Republic much pride, also some embarrass-
ment, even before the matter of paying for the vessels became a
The second edition, the Texas Almanac for 1858, was the first
to carry descriptions of individual counties. Here, again, em-
phasis was on the promotion of immigration into Texas. This
feature has been continued intermittently throughout the history
of the Texas Almanac. It has been one of the outstanding con-
tributions of the publication. The definiteness and concreteness
of these early articles undoubtedly appealed strongly to prospec-
tive emigrants to Texas from the older parts of the United
States. And there is much local history in these accounts which
were contributed by lawyers, doctors, teachers, editors, farmers,
merchants, and others who lived out on the few highways and
many byways of Texas of that day. They wrote pridefully and
a little boastfully but rather honestly, I think, and with an
intimate knowledge and an expression of detail that undoubtedly
must make their contributions a rare source for today's research
students of history.
I have been told that the early Texas Almanac may also be
credited with preserving some important documents and impor-
tant facts of Texas history through early publication of them.
I am not in .a position to evaluate the Texas Almanac in this
matter. In the issue of 1857 there was printed a "Compendium
of Texas History," which was expanded in later editions, and
there were many miscellaneous historical articles and biograph-
ical sketches. My judgment is that the really great direct con-
tribution of the early Texas Almanac to preservation of his-
torical data was in the mass of detail which served later research
students with what might be called fill-in information and sup-
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