The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 165
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1925 to 1929. In Texas he gained eminence as a lawyer and a
historian. Among Judge Harwood's many services to the Asso-
ciation was the gift of his collection of books and manuscripts
to the University of Texas Library through the Association. His
"Review of the Work of the Texas State Historical Association"
appeared in the Quarterly, XXXI.
In Americana: Books, Manuscripts & Paintings (Catalog 138)
of Edward Eberstadt & Sons, 888 Madison Avenue at 72nd Street,
New York 21, N. Y., one finds the listing of an item of Texana
which should intrigue many persons interested in Texas history.
BRANTZ MAYER'S MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL: 1841-1842
WITH A NEW ACCOUNT OF THE TEXAN-SANTA FE PRISONERS
(660) (TEXAS) Mayer, Brantz. Original manuscript journal,
signed, of the journey to Mexico as Secretary of the Legation, his
official conduct of American affairs, events connected with the cap-
ture, imprisonment, and release of the Texan-Santa Fe prisoners; and
many other matters of interest in the early history of the Republic
of Texas and Mexico. In all some 360 pages of closely written daily
entries and interleaved and extended by scores of pamphlets, broad-
sides, autographs, cartes-de-viste, letters, documents and other conse-
quential memorabilia, 4to, full calf. V.p., October 15, 1841-November
23, 1842. 1200oo.oo
A work of commanding interest. Mayer states that: "This journal
is intended rather for myself than others and must contain therefore
my more private jottings and descriptions and thoughts." Some 75
pages of the extensive journal relate to the writer's efforts to relieve
the Texan-Santa Fe prisoners and to secure their release. Particular
efforts were made to save Kendall and Coombs, and Mayer saw them
frequently in their "Calcutta hole for lepers." The envoy was author-
ized by Tyler at one stage in the negotiations to assure Mexico that
the United States would never occupy Texas, New Mexico, or the
Californias. Mayer privately characterizes this "hands-off" policy as
"abominable," and probably never gave the assurance.
I have read the above with a good many mingled emotions
and reflections. Perhaps uppermost there keeps coming to my
mind, "If Earl Vandale were still with us, he would have bought
it." Brantz Mayer, the bibliophile, had a certain fascination for
Vandale, who could tell stories about Mayer by the hour. Also
Vandale had more than a passing interest in the Texan-Santa Fe
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