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partner, Samuel M. Williams, on the eve of the Texas Revolution. Most
references to Robertson's Colony in the literature of Mexican Texas have
focused on the Austin-Robertson dispute.
A more complete treatment of the colony will no doubt emerge in Mal-
colm D. McLean's Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas.
McLean, a descendant of Sterling Clack Robertson, began his research
some thirty-five years ago, and his Volume I, covering the years 1788 to
1822, is the first of an eight to ten volume series.
In some respects McLean's first volume is more tantalizing than reward-
ing. Some of the materials on the Spanish period are related only periph-
erally to the Robertson Colony, and many of the lengthy Tennessee docu-
ments will be of little value to the student of the Texas project. The
introduction would probably have been more useful if it had been divided
into segments placed adjacent to the appropriate documents. Maps, many
more maps, would have been of infinite value to this reviewer and to many
other readers. Otherwise, the makeup of the volume is quite good. There
is a satisfactory calendar of documents, and special praise is due for the
comprehensive index.
Any criticisms are minor when compared to the expectations of the re-
maining volumes. Evident in Volume I is a long, careful, and exhaustive
search for any and all materials even remotely connected with the Rob-
ertson Colony. McLean has combed family papers, newspapers, county
records, Mexican archives, and countless published sources. Such thor-
oughness, if continued throughout the project, will ensure the value of the
collection for students of nineteenth-century Texas.
Lamar University ADRIAN ANDERSON
Money on the Hoof. By Edith Wharton Taylor. (Fort Collins, Colorado:
The Old Army Press, 1974. Pp. I I5. Illustrations. $8.95.)
The intent of this study is to describe the livestock industry in North
Texas with special emphasis on the Fort Worth stockyards. The author
attempts to outline the general history of Fort Worth's development as a
marketing center for livestock in the years following the Civil War through
the establishment of the meat-packing industry. Taylor traces the problems
Texas cattlemen had with tick fever and the related problem it caused in
marketing their cattle. In addition, she charts the number and types of
livestock processed through the Fort Worth stockyards, and relates market-
ing procedures, the fluctuating of livestock prices over the years, and the


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