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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 481

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to be a spokesman for the progressive wing of the Democratic
party. William Jennings Bryan and a good many others consid-
ered him presidential timber.
Here is the whole Hogg story-a detailed picture of the evolu-
tion of a public man of character and principle, a resourceful
politician who developed into a statesman and later into a man
of large affairs. Threaded through it is the story of a generous,
warm-hearted, thoroughly human human being who loved his
friends and was never quite able to make himself hate his enemies
as much as they hated him. Like its subject, the biography is
sometimes heavy and slow-moving but never dull. Mr. Cotner
has had to explain hundreds of incidents and problems, some of
them of small interest nowadays, in order to make clear why Hogg
did what he did and to demonstrate-as he convincingly does--
the almost superhuman consistency of the man.
James Stephen Hogg is more than good biography. It is the best
account of Texas politics from Reconstruction to the turn of
the century. HERBERT GAMBRELL
Southern Methodist University.
Recollections of Early Texas: The Memoirs of John Holland
Jenkins. Edited by John Holmes Jenkins, III. Austin (Uni-
versity of Texas Press), 1958. Pp. 307. Illustrations, biograph-
ical sketches, index, bibliography. $5.0o.
John Holland Jenkins has been called the youngest soldier
in the army during the Texas Revolution. He was thirteen years
old when after the siege of the Alamo and a new call for men he
persuaded his mother to let him enlist. At thirteen, sturdy for his
age and an excellent shot, Jenkins was already a veteran of fron-
tier living. He was born in Alabama in 1822, and when he was
six or seven, had moved with his parents to Texas as part of
Stephen F. Austin's Third Colony.
In his memoirs Jenkins vividly described the "vast and mag-
nificent solitude" which surrounded the new arrivals to Texas.
The Jenkins family lived first with the William Bartons on Barton
Creek, but after surveying his league of land, Edward Jenkins
settled his family on the west bank of the Colorado River below
Bastrop. There they quickly made a good start and were begin-

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