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    Noah Smithwick. The Evolution of a State or Recollections of Old Texas Days. Compiled by his Daughter Nanna Smithwick Donaldson. Austin: Gammel Book Company, 1900. First Edition. 8vo. 354pp. Publisher's original green cloth with black decorative vignette on front board and titles printed in black on spine. Three illustrations, four photographic plates including frontispiece. Shelf wear to the spine ends; front and rear hinges tender, otherwise a sound copy in very good condition.

    Smithwick was born in 1808 in North Carolina, trained as a blacksmith, and moved to Texas in 1827. For the next 34 years, Smithwick collected observances of the people, places, and events of note in the state. He served through the war for Texas Independence, and later became a Ranger, living for awhile with the Comanche, learning their language, and representing them in treaty negotiations with the Texan government in 1838. Smithwick claims to have been the man who forged the first replica Bowie knife, based on the knife that became famous after the Sandbar Duel of 1827. The book contains wonderful anecdotes of such important men as James Bowie, Sam Houston, Stephen Austin, David G. Burnet, Gail Borden, Padre Michael Muldoon, R.M. Williamson, and others. Dobie calls this work "The best of all books dealing with life in early Texas."

    Reference:
    Jenkins 189. Bradford 5116. Clark III 105. Graff 3872. Howes S726. Rader 2948. Sabin 85099. Streeter 187. Dobie p. 52, Greene 15.


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