The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 19
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
September, 1829, and withdrawn, in application to Texas, in
December. By tracing the history of the decree and of other
Mexican legislation, Bugbee so completely proved the fallacy
of the charge that it was never subsequently repeated by a
recognized historian. In the course of the article, he cited errors
specifically in the writings of Herman Von Hoist, then at the
University of Chicago, and of John W. Burgess at Columbia.
Walter F. McCaleb, who was a graduate student at Chicago,
wrote Bugbee that Von Holst took the correction with good
humor and frankly admitted that he had written without access
to Mexican and Texan sources. Burgess, on the other hand,
pleaded an alibi of technicalities and objected so strenuously
that his colleague, Munroe Smith, who was then editing
Political Science Quarterly, advised Bugbee to omit the criticism,
and it does not appear in the article.
Four articles appeared during 1899: "Difficulties of a Texas
Empresario" in April, in Publications of the Southern History
Association; "The Sources of Texas History" in July, in various
Texas newspapers; "What Became of the Lively?" in October,
in the Quarterly; and "The Archives of Bexar" in October, in
the University Record. His last article, "The Texas Frontier,
1820-1825," was published in March, 1900, in Publications of
the Southern History Association. The "Difficulties of an
Empresario" and the "Texas Frontier" were descriptive articles
which might have formed chapters in the projected life of
Austin. "Sources of Texas History" was a remarkably enlight-
ening paper that he read at a meeting of the Texas State
Teachers Association at Fort Worth in June, 1899. He later
explained that he wrote it for his freshman students. He did
not teach Texas History directly, but he inspired a goodly
number to study it. "What Became of the Lively ?" corrected
the erroneous statement, firmly imbedded in tradition and
published in authoritative histories of Texas, that this schooner,
bought by Austin in New Orleans in November, 1821, and
loaded with men and equipment for beginning the first colony,
was lost without trace. In fact, as Bugbee shows, it landed
its cargo, returned to New Orleans for another load, and on
its second voyage was wrecked on Galveston Island. Fiction
has proved stronger than truth, however, in this instance, and
not a few Texas writers continue to repeat the traditional error.
"The Archives of Bexar" is, in itself, an interesting account
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