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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of history of which it was a part. As Professor Osgood wrote,
he had "unusual keenness of insight and power of generaliza-
After leaving Boston in the fall of 1895, he did not continue
work on the Massachusetts Loyalists, and therefore did not
return to Columbia to take the doctor's degree. At first, lack
of money was a sufficient deterrent, but he soon became so
interested in Texas history and his work received such
immediate recognition that he was unwilling to interrupt it.
Though the total volume of Bugbee's publications was not
large, their influence was significant. They changed the tone
of American historical writing concerning the colonization of
Texas, the Texas revolution, the annexation of Texas, and,
in a measure, the causes of the Mexican War.
Most, but not all, of his writing was centered on the work
of Stephen F. Austin. As we saw, it was a paper on the
founding of Austin's colony that won him the fellowship at
Columbia. It gave him also the ambition to write a life of
Austin, a work which he thought would require two volumes.
The great collection of papers that had accumulated in the
hands of Moses and Stephen Austin was, of course, the indis-
pensable source for such a study and, for a time, he had
difficulty in getting access to these papers. They were the
property of Colonel Guy M. Bryan, grandson of Moses Austin
and revering nephew of Stephen. He had them stored in a
tower room at his home in Quintana to protect them from
inundation by Gulf storms, and they were more precious to
him than a heritage of gold. When Bugbee first asked per-
mission to use the papers in 1893, prior to his departure for
New York, Colonel Bryan replied that he would be absent all
summer and could not permit the use of the papers except
under his own supervision. The summer of 1896, after returning
to Texas, Bugbee spent in the archives of Mexico City working
on the passage of the Mexican colonization laws.6 The following
Christmas vacation, he spent at Quintana in the Austin Papers,
and so completely won the confidence of Colonel Bryan that
he was permitted to spend the summer of 1897 working through
6It is evident that he began, during this summer, the foundation of the
University's present notable collection of books on Mexican history. In a
scrapbook which he compiled is the following undated "Statement": "Rec'd
from Prof. Garrison, $40.00 -- exchange 1.92 - $76.80. Expended same in
purchase of following books, &c:
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946, periodical, 1946; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146056/m1/22/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.