The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 193
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The Republic of Texas: A French View
other two."" The bizarre conversation on the boat landing of Buffalo
Bayou seems to indicate that as early as 1842 the germs of Houston's
grand design were already fermenting in that fertile brain.
What then, in the long run, may be the significance to Texas history
of intensive use of the French correspondence concerning Texas? As I
said in the beginning of this paper and have by now no doubt
thoroughly demonstrated, I am unqualified to hazard a judgment.
Texas historians have generally been unsympathetic to Saligny for well-
founded reasons. This archive gives the French point of view. It may
not lead to revisionism. Perhaps instead it will document and intensify
the journalistic tradition in which the little French whippersnapper
cheated the plain frontiersmen with his counterfeit money and be-
fuddled their unsophisticated wits with his French wines. The corre-
spondence will, of course, need to be used with caution. Handed this
new tool for research, scholars will want to weigh the reports carefully,
compare them with others of the same period, and examine them for
evidence of private pique or personal prejudice on the part of the
French agents. Yet admitting these reservations, the correspondence
should greatly enrich our knowledge of how the Texians looked, lived,
and treated their visitors.
15Walter P. Webb, The Texas Rangers: A Ceptury of Frontier Defense (Boston, 1935),
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