The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 515

Book Reviews

Although the scene shifts in kaleidoscopic manner from one
region, cattle company, and investor group to another, a general
picture emerges with clarity and freshness of impact. Eastern in-
vestors placed large amounts of funds in the western cattle busi-
ness, especially in the 188o's. To facilitate this financing, cattle
ranching often became corporate business. The eastern investors
desperately needed competent managers and lawyers in the West
and a flow of reliable managerial and financial information.
Problems of management and communication were often of great
moment, alongside falling cattle prices, droughts, and blizzards.
With some notable exceptions, few investors in these cattle com-
panies profited-or even recovered all their capital. However, they
learned much about the West and were enabled to transfer funds
more readily to mining, railroad, and lumber enterprises there.
University of Texas FOREST G. HILL
Memoranda and Oficial Correspondence Relating to the Republic
of Texas, Its History and Annexation. Including a brief
Autobiography of the Author. By Anson Jones, Late Presi-
dent of the Republic of Texas. Chicago (The Rio Grande
Press, Inc.), 1966. Pp. xv+736. Illustrations, facsimilies,
index. $25.
Those Yankees who operate the Rio Grande Press in Chicago
have done a magnificent job of reissuing, in facsimile, Anson
Jones' posthumously published apologia pro vita sua. Not only
is the text of the book faithfully and clearly reproduced, but for
langnaippe the manuscript of his valedictory address, signed by
him with rubric, and his 1848 booklet on Annexation are in-
cluded. The heartrending preface his widow wrote soon after his
death, not used in the 1859 edition, is appropriately placed just
before the text of this edition, with its touching endorsement.
"Someone will be able to burn this-I can't. 1go4."
Governor Connally wrote the Preface, the publishers explain
how the project came about and who helped them, and State
Archivist James M. Day wrote an illuminating introduction
summarizing Jones' career, the saga of the original edition, and
evaluating the historical importance of the Jones' documents.


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