The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 498
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Perhaps the most original Christmas greeting of all, however,
was that of John and Maureen Jenkins, a pamphlet containing
his lively narrative of "Honest Bob and the Texas Congress,
A Christmas Gift for Texas, 1838." It is an account of Robert
Wilson's successful if unorthodox attack on David G. Burnet's
efforts, perhaps politically motivated, to push a loan through
the Texas congress in secret session. Wilson knew the Mississippi
speculators who were offering the loan, opposed their proposal
as unstable, and chose to disrupt the Texas senate and to make
a fool of himself rather than let the bill pass.
In the Plainview Daily Herald, December 8, 1964, H. S. Hil-
burn comments that: "When you run across a book, so appealing
and worth reading and saving that you want a copy of it for
each family which sprang from your own, you must think it's
a pretty fine book. That's just what Heroes of Texas is." Hilburn
then goes on to discuss the authors.
Rupert N. Richardson, president emeritus of Hardin-Simmons and
noted author, wrote the chapter on Stephen F. Austin.
Ben Procter, head of the history graduate school, T.C.U., and
biographer of John H. Reagan, wrote of James Butler Bonham.
That great Texas writer, J. Frank Dobie, wrote on Jim Bowie.
H. Bailey Carroll, director of the Texas State Historical Association
and editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, did David Crock-
Joseph Milton Nance, head of the history department of Texas
A & M, did the James W. Fannin chapter.
Llerena Friend, librarian of the Barker Texas History Center and
outstanding biographer of Houston, did the Sam Houston stint.
Dorman H. Winfrey, director of the Texas State Library, did Mira-
beau B. Lamar.
James M. Day, state archivist, tells of Benjamin Rush Milam.
Joe B. Frantz, head of the history department, University of Texas,
wrote the William Barret Travis story.
And, it was all introduced by Evelyn Oppenheimer of Dallas.
The book is dedicated to J. Frank Dobie.
A rare item of "Italian Texana" has been added to the exten-
sive collection on the history of the state at the University of
Texas. II Texas, a pamphlet published in 1842 in Bologna, was
presented to the University by Signora Carla C. Marzoli of Milan,
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