The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 194
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
his work de Onis had the help of many Spanish officials, such
as Governor Manuel de Salcedo, Diego Morphy, Father Antonio
de Sedella, Felipe Fatio, and Governor Antonio Martinez.
Prominent American spectators of this border drama were
Governor William C. C. Claiborne of Louisiana; General James
Wilkinson of the American army; William Shaler, special agent
for Secretary of State Monroe; George Graham, whom Presi-
dent Monroe sent to Galveston to see Jean Lafitte; Pierre
Duplessis, United States marshal at New Orleans; John Dick,
the Federal district attorney for Louisiana; Beverly Chew,
customs collector at New Orleans; and last and greatest, John
Quincy Adams, whose work with de Onis and whose interest
in westward expansion we well know.
The book is divided into eleven chapters. The first three deal
with the Gutierrez-Magee expedition, the third chapter being
entitled "The Rise and Fall of the Republic of Texas." Then
there is a chapter on rivalry on the Sabine involving Jos6
Alvarez de Toledo, on whom "twilight was descending" (80),
General Jean Humbert, described as "about forty years of age,
and even then somewhat loco" (78), and Dr. John Hamilton
Robinson, supported in Natchez by the so-called "Friends of
Mexican Emancipation." The fifth chapter is on Pierre and
Jean Lafitte of Barataria fame. Incidentally, the Spanish gov-
ernment had a number on these two, Pierre being No. 13 one
and Jean No. 13 two. Herrera's mission to the United States
and General Mina's invasion of Mexico follow in order as the
sixth and seventh chapters. Then there is a chapter on plots
and counterplots involving Louis Aury and the Lafittes. Two
chapters deal with the French exiles under Charles and Henri
Lallemand and their attempt to cultivate the olive and the vine
in a colony in Alabama near present-day Demopolis and to
found Le Champ d'Asile in Texas on the Trinity River in the
Atascosito region. The last chapter relates the work of Dr.
James Long, and finally there are four pages of conclusions
especially well done. Each chapter closes with a summary
which I regard as an exceptionally worth-while feature of the
R. L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
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