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location of the border between Mexico and the United States, the book
may also pass for a history of that unique county.
Considerable space is devoted to Wright's Tennessee background,
especially his participation in the Creek War of 1813-1814, and to his
journey with his family and slaves by keelboat to Pecan Point on the
Red River in 1816. Other subjects receiving more or less attention are
the vicissitudes of pioneer life as experienced by the Wrights and their
neighbors; the creation of Miller County, Arkansas Territory, in 1820;
the increase in settlement; settler relations with the American troops
at Fort Towson and with the Indians and Mexicans; the concern of
the people about their precarious land claims; and Wright's ser-
vice as a local and territorial politician. Wright's home doubled as the
courthouse until the reduction of the county boundaries in ac-
cordance with the Choctaw removal treaties.
Six Months from Tennessee is based on nearly all the pertinent
sources and is duly footnoted. Rex W. Strickland's dissertation history
of northeastern Texas, 1803-1845, is acknowledged as having "served
as the foundation" (p. ii). The illustrations, notably the several maps,
enhance the value of the work. It is not, however, an easy book to
read, owing largely to the author's overuse of the flashback, his inclu-
sion of much extraneous information, and his concern with family
connections. Its faults aside, it makes a modest contribution to the his-
tory of the early Southwest.
Memphis State University LONNIE J. WHITE
Springs of Texas, Vol. I. By Gunnar Brune. (Arlington, Tex.: Gunnar
Brune, 1981. Pp. xviii+566. Illustrations, tables, references,
index. $35.)
Even a quick perusal of this most valuable book prompts the ques-
tion of how it was possible until now to do without it. Perhaps the job
was so singular it just had to wait for the right man to come forth and
do it and, in this case, even publish it on his own. True, for some
years Texas Water Development Board Report 189, Major and His-
torical Springs of Texas (1975), also by Gunnar Brune, has been
known to grateful professionals of many stripes, but it seems in retro-
spect but a foretaste of this magnum opus, which will belong perma-
nently among the chief reference works in Texas studies.
For the natural and cultural inventories of Texas, springs were
perennially the life-giving meeting places of everything and everybody:

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