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The soil and climate are best adapted to the growth of Cotton, Sugar, Corn, potatoes &c, which grow very luxuriantly. Fruit peculiar to this climate or latitude can be raised without any difficulty–the peach, pear, plumb, fig, grape, pomegranite, quince, apricot, orange, lemon, banana &c. &c. are at present growing in the colony and I am informed do remarkably well–for melons, pumpkins, squashes, cucumbers, and all vines it surpasses any country I ever saw–you have but to plant them and you have almost a certainty of a plentiful harvest…

Whether you came to Texas at the behest of the first impressario of Anglo settlement of the most unusual spot under the heavens, at the beginning of the 20th century to turn a dessert into a garden in west Texas or in the 21st century to escape the taxes and madness of the blue states […]

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence… H. L. Mencken

Wanted : historic county jails of Texas Edward A. Blackburn, Jr. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 2006 Hardcover. 1st ed. xii, 412 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm. Includes bibliographical references p. ( [377]-396) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in […]

Ist Das Leben Schön

Monday, July 1st—At 11 o’clock we noticed land, I arrived in Galveston at 4 o’clock. Low coast line with dunes. The entire island is flat, intersected by bayous. Mons. Cobb and Mons. Arcieri welcomed us, as did Maas. Mons. A., a charming, short man, is secretary at the French legation. He dined with me at […]

Oregon and the annexation of Texas are now all- important to the security and future peace and prosperity of our union, and I hope there are a sufficient number of pure American democrats to carry into effect the annexation of Texas and [extension of] our laws over Oregon. No temporizing policy or all is lost… Andrew Jackson

The conventional wisdom is generally neither and although there are elements of the issues that Silbey gives prominence in his study their importance has largely been discovered after the fact – something like the runner from Marathon who didn’t figure in histories until 600 years after the battle and now is a focal point of […]

My sole ambition is to rid Mexico of the class that has oppressed her and give the people a chance to know what real liberty means… Pancho Villa

The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution : the bloodiest decade, 1910-1920 Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c 2004 Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. xiv, 673 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 578-652) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding […]

“I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery… We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience… George Washington

Recently a member of the chattering classes – at their quadrennial exposition to offer a head chatterer to the nation – observed how the Anglo-Americans who settled Texas and ultimately made it a free nation were nothing but a bunch of opportunistic land grabbers  and drunkards. The unspoken subtext would include that they did not […]

Louis Trezevant Wigfall who whispered in Jefferson Davis’s ear until he was no longer heard.

WIGFALL, LOUIS TREZEVANT (1816–1874). Louis T. Wigfall, secessionist, was born in Edgefield, South Carolina, on April 21, 1816, to Levi Durand and Eliza (Thomson) Wigfall and educated at South Carolina College and the University of Virginia. Wigfall believed in a society led by the planter class and based on slavery and the chivalric code. As […]