The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 134

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Austin (University of Texas Press), 1966. Pp. xx+169. Illustra-
tions, appendix, bibliography, index. $5.00.
Frederic Gaillardet, a young French dramatist and journalist, ar-
rived in New Orleans in 1837, visited Texas in 1839 and moved to
New York, where he remained for eight years publishing in his news-
paper, the Courrier des Etats-Unis, comments, favorable and unfavor-
able, on the life and habits of the American people. He was also a
correspondent for several periodicals in France, and a number of his
essays on Texas and Louisiana appeared in these journals.
Professor Shepherd has assembled these articles by Gaillardet from
several sources, translated them, and provided adequate explanatory
footnotes to assist the reader. Approximately one-half of this little
volume, after an introductory chapter, consists of Gaillardet's reports
on the Anglo-American migration to Texas, the Texas Revolution, the
early years of the Texas Republic, and on the necessity and advantages
of an early recognition by France of the independence of Texas. The
remainder of the volume presents Gaillardet's account of the early
history of Louisiana, sketches of four distinguished members of the
New Orleans bar, and a chapter eulogizing and defending the famous
Franco-American, Pierre Soule. Sould, incidentally, said of Gaillardet
in 1845: ". . . the man who for ten years has done the most for the
glory of the French name in America and who is himself the most
illustrious representative of it."
Frederic Gaillardet was no ordinary newspaper correspondent. He
was a man of considerable literary talent, and his sketches, as trans-
lated by Professor Shepherd, provide delightful reading. The general
reader, as well as the specialist, will appreciate and enjoy reading this
volume. This Frenchman's description of the Texas landscape in 1839,
his sketches and characterizations of Sam Houston, Mirabeau B. Lamar,
and the leading attorneys of New Orleans, and his account of the
founding in Texas of the short-lived French colony of Champ d'Asile
attest to his reputation as a writer of note.
Baylor University J. D. BRAGG
A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas, 1844-r847. By
Chester William Geue and Ethel Hander Geue. Waco (Texian
Press), 1966. Pp. xiii+ 174. Illustrations, appendices, bibliography,
index. $7.50.
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