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    Reverend Chester 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 & Putnam,1838. First edition. 12mo. 215 pp. with India paper fold-out map titled "Texas, 1838." Blue embossed cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Ink stamp on initial flyleaf reads: "Discarded - Union Theological Seminary Library, New York City." Heavy foxing on endpapers; light foxing throughout. Map bears a small tear. Generally fine.

    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.

    The late John H. Jenkins, noted antiquarian book collector, sixth-generation Texan, and author of Audubon and Other Capers, had wonderful things to say about Newell's book, which contained Jenkins' favorite quotation about the character of Texans in the early days: "There is existing in the minds of the people in many places, if not generally, at the North, a strong and bitter prejudise [sic] against Texas. ... Because it has been represented to be the resort of criminals, of insolvent and fraudulent debtors, of outlaws, and bad characters of every description. ... No, it is believed only that a large part of the people of Texas are of the character described. Well, admitting they are, should the entire population and country be then reviled?"

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 151.




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