The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 160

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Disturnell's Treaty Map: The Map That Was Part of the Guad-
alupe Hidalgo Treaty on Southwestern Boundaries, 1848 (Santa
Fe, Stagecoach Press, 1965) represents the high quality of print-
ing that Jack Rittenhouse usually achieves. His selection of the
Disturnell map also shows discriminating taste. Along with the
reprinting of this twelfth edition of Disturnell's map, Ritten-
house appends twenty pages of text which give its history, discuss
the disputes it caused, offer a key to the identification of the
several editions, and reveal biographical information on the map-
maker. The text indicates that Rittenhouse has done his research
Disturnell named his work Mapa de los Estados Unidos de
Mexico (New York, 1847). In addition to Mexico, it depicts
all states west of the Mississippi, giving details on Texas, New
Mexico, Arizona, California, and Nevada. One importance of
the map is that a copy was appended to the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo which ended the Mexican War. Had the map been ac-
curate, it would have been a blessing, but it proved to be erron-
eous and thereby added to the confusion leading to the Boundary
Commission headed by John Russell Bartlett and William H.
Emory. In size the image is 33 inches wide and 233/4 inches high.
The Stagecoach Press offers its reprint either rolled flat in a
heavy screw-cap mailing tube or bound in hard book-style cover.
Either one sells for $4.95 and may be ordered from Box 921,
Santa Fe, New Mexico. JAMES M. DAY
Texas State Archives
A facsimile reproduction of Frank E. Simmons' History of
Coryell County was published in 1965 by Dayton Kelley of Bel-
ton, Texas. The original, issued by the Coryell County News in
1936, has long been out of print.
Simmons, who died on January 9, 1966, at the age of eighty-
five, was an amateur historian, folklorist, naturalist, and arch-
aeologist whose writings have appeared in a number of scholarly


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