The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 101
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The Writings of Sam Houston. Edited by Amelia W. Williams
and Eugene C. Barker. Volume II, July, 1814, to March,
1842, pp. xxxi, 539; Volume III, December, 1822, to Janu-
ary, 1844, pp. xxvi, 546; Volume IV, September, 1821, to
February, 1847, pp. xxiv, 548.
Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1939, 1940, 1941. $3.25 a
These three volumes, one guesses, bring the publication of the
Houston papers to about the half-way point. Originally projected
as a six-volume set, it was thought that Volume IV would bring
the record to Houston's term as governor, on the eve of seces-
sion. As it has turned out, at the end of Volume IV, Houston is
hardly settled in his seat in the United States Senate; the war
with Mexico is still in progress; and the problems that followed
in its wake are still in the offing. When one recalls Houston's
r61e during the 'forties and 'fifties, he is inclined to think that
the portion of the Writings still to be published is of major
interest even though they deal with events less spectacular than
those of the earlier period.
The amount of Houston material which has been made avail-
able since the first volume appeared (1938) is surprisingly
large, and the inclusion of it has unquestionably complicated
the problem of preparing copy for the printer, just as it has
thrown out of balance the original allocations of space. These
three volumes contain 274 pages of material received too late
to be placed in the chronological sequence; thirty-nine items,
twenty-eight pages in Volume II; nine items, eleven pages in
Volume III; 222 items, 235 pages, in Volume IV. The volumes
now available contain 2,260 pages. Whether publication can be
completed during 1941 is problematical. Certainly an additional
volume, perhaps two, will be required.
One is tempted to philosophize on the desirability (and the
impossibility) of having in hand before publication starts all
material that is to be included; but it is doubtful if any editor
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