The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 17
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
the papers without supervision. The next summer (1898), he
spent in the Bexar Archives at San Antonio, of which more
is to be said presently. In December of 1898, Colonel Bryan
moved to Austin and stored his papers in the basement of
the Capitol, making them available to graduate students in
the University, and there Bugbee completed his own explorations.
In the meantime, he had already begun an active program
of publication which can best be followed chronologically. His
first article was a note, "Stephen F. Austin's Views on Slavery
in Early Texas," in the Texas Magazine, May 1897; the
second was a list, with introduction and editorial notes,
of the settlers in Austin's first colony --"The Old Three
Hundred." The list itself was transcribed from the records
of the General Land Office. It is a useful, but not particularly
important contribution that might be considered a step toward
the beginning of his life of Austin. It was published in the
second number of the Quarterly of the Texas State Historical
Association, October, 1897.
The third article which should be credited, in large measure,
to Bugbee, does not bear his name as author. It was published
in the Quarterly of January, 1898, under the names of Brownie
Ponton and Bates H. McFarland. The title is "Alvar Nufiez
Cabeza de Vaca." It is a study of the route of De Vaca and
three companions across the continent in 1536 from the coast
of Texas to the Gulf of California. The writers declared that the
island upon which De Vaca's boat was wrecked was Galveston
Island and that the route of his famous journey lay generally
Legislacion Mexicana, 19 Vols........ 50.00
Mora, Mexico y sus Revoluciones, 3 Vol . ..... 2.00
Las Casas, Historia de los Indias, 1 Vol. . . 4.00
Cartografia Mexicana 1.00, binding 1.00 1 Vol. 2.00
Bustamante, Invasion de los Anglo Americanos, I Vol. 2.00
Tornel, Breve Resefia &c, 1 Vol. 1.75
Clavigero, Historia Antigua de America, 1 Vol. 2.00
Box, delivery, carrying to train, &c . ..... 1.30
Balance due to University Library . . . . 11.75
$11.75, Mex., reduced to Am. currency,
exchange $1.92 ....... $ 6.12
LESTER G. BUGBEE"
At the same time Bugbee bought a number of fundamental volumes for
his own library, among others: Filisola, Memorias para la Historia de la
Guerra de Tejas; Caro, Verdadera Idea de la Compaila de Tejas; and
Urrea, Diario de las Operaciones Militares, etc.
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