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    Reverend C. Newell. History of the Revolution in Texas, Particularly of the War of 1835 & '36; Together with the Latest Geographical, Topographical, and Statistical Accounts of the Country, From the Most Authentic Sources. Also, An Appendix. New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1838. First edition. Twelvemo. x, [2, blank], 215, [3, blank] pages; foldout lithograph map, "Texas, 1838," measuring approximately 13.25 x 8.25 inches. Original brown cloth, rebacked with original spine laid down, boards double-ruled and stamped in blind, gilt titles on spine. Mild wear to corners; chip at spine effecting title (lacking the "TE" of "CLIMATE;" slight touches of soil to boards. Front free endpaper excised. Map and text foxed. Contemporary notation and price on the title-page. A very good sophisticated copy, with a nice overall appearance. Housed in a green cloth clamshell case. From the private collection of Stephen Lyle Boyd.

    In 1837 Rev. Chester Newell traveled through Texas for health reasons and as a result of his experiences there, wrote one of the earliest histories of the Republic. Newell's account is obviously pro-Texas, but it is more objective than many other books on the subject from that time period. Includes reviews of the history of the region while part of Mexico, the Texas revolutionary war, the region's geography, topography, statistics, soil and climate.

    One of the earliest books about the Texas Revolution to be published, (Basic Texas Books 151A) praises its value: "The work begins with an excellent summary of Mexican history from 1821 to 1835, followed by a sketch of Texas history from 1832 to 1835, ending with Cos' retreat from San Antonio. The events of 1836 are described, including quotations from participating Texans and from Mexican accounts, such as Almonte's diary. Of particular value are the account of Santa Anna's capture [and his] confrontation with Houston shortly afterwards. Newell was one of the first to seduce Sam Houston into giving particulars of the campaign . . . The quotations from participants are of considerable value. The descriptive portions add much to our knowledge of the early Republic. . . . The account is pro-Texan throughout, but more objective than many other contemporary Anglo-American versions. . . . Newell describes the towns of the Republic, offers advice to immigrants, analyzes the people of Texas, and projects the future. His predictions, some sage and some ludicrous, are remarkable."

    Streeter 1318. Basic Texas Books 151. Graff 3010. Howes N115. Rader 2479. Raines, p. 154: "One of the rare and reliable books on Texas." Clark, Old South III: 215.


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