The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 183
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British Impressions of Texas and the Texans 183
censed. One in London eucouraged Smith in his assault on the
book: "You give it to Marryat abt that worthless scoundrel
soi-disant Count de Narbonne."81 Later the book was parodied in
the Texas press. On July 2o, 1844, the Matagorda Weekly Despatch
began the "Journal of the Seeings, Sayings, and Doings, of the
Count de Gnaw-Bone, in the Prairies and Bottoms of Texas .
Being a Sequel to 'Monsieur Violet.' "82
From such distorted and prejudicial works as those of Marryat,
Maillard, Kennedy, and the others, as well as from news reports
and editorials, the British reading public formed its impressions
of Texas and Texans. Amidst the obviously conflicting testimony,
it is not surprising that the prospective emigrant, investor, or
philanthropist had difficulty in deciding which was true. Little
wonder that some became confused.
81Sam Maas to Smith, November 5, 1843, Ashbel Smith Papers.
s2Matagorda Weekly Despatch, July 2o, 1844, as quoted in W. R. Hogan, The
Texas Republic: A Social and Economic History (Norman, 1946), 129.
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