The Bookshelf, The Parlor, The Young Texas Reader, and the Monthly

The Texas Bookshelf is different from the The Texas Parlor, . The Texas Parlor carries "general" bookish information and non-book information and even different Texana news and notes of use to the bibliographically challenged and other nosey folks intersted in historical, literary, and cultural observations. Will's Texana Monthly may carry material from either blog, but extends itself beyond those, especially for longer compilations or treatments. The Monthly, the Bookshelf and the Parlor are all companions. So, is the Young Texas Reader which specialized on books and such things for the youngest to the teenagers.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

It Will Come to Me - Gordon

 Robert Cremins reviews Houstonian Emily Fox Gordon's new book in the Houston Chronicle.  It begins: "Houston's Emily Fox Gordon is the author of the acclaimed memoirs Mockingbird Years and Are You Happy? With It Will Come to Me she makes a largely successful transition to the novel genre.

The book is a gentle, knowing satire set on the "quiet Southern campus" of the Lola Dees Institute in Spangler, Texas. Fifty-six-year-old Ruth Blau feels both "trapped and excluded" by her life as a faculty wife. A novelist with a Texas-size writer's block, modestly hoping for "a little glitter, a little transcendence," Ruth is quietly scandalized by the docility of the brainy student body and the vapidity of the college administrators, who nudge her into the marvelously titled "Tapestry Task Force Mission Statement Working Group.""

Read more at 

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lone Ranger - Graphic Novel

     The students at Dominican University's Library School offer a review of the re-prinited, melodramtic version of the Lone Ranger, 2 vols.Author: Matthews, Brett (writer) and Cariello, Sergio (illustrator).  Their commentary includes: "Readers who turn to this incarnation of The Lone Ranger because of a childhood affection for the 1950s TV series will be pleased with the detail and care given to the characters but may be surprised by the graphic violence portrayed. The Lone Ranger's no-kill code does not entirely prevent him from committing other acts of violence, and most of the other characters have no qualms about killing. This is a comic meant for teens and adults, not children. The series won the 2006 Eisner Award winner for Best New Series and Best Cover Artist, and True West magazine's awarded the series the "Best Western Comic Book of the Year" in their 2009 Best of the West Source Book."  Read more at
or see more at Comic Book Resources at

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Battle Report Newsletter & This Week in Texas History

The San Jacinto Monument at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. The State Parks & Wildlife folks over at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site offer a weekly email newsletter, rather well done.  The Battle Report focuses on current events happening there, it's a lot - the Monument, the Battleship, and the grounds. Occasional strategic affairs are addressed.  Public, volunteer, and staff activities are covered. Conservation and public service are the principal elements.  Remember that it also includes the Battleship Texas.  Archeological notes are included from time to time.
The Battle Report bills itself as: ""The purpose of this newsletter is to communicate the site's day-to-day natural and cultural resource management activities. Our goal is to inform and educate our staff, partners, and friends – and those we have yet to meet – Welcome!"
I can't see the Monument from my window so its nice of Russ Kuykendall, Park Complex Superintendent, to have added me to their mailing list.  He can add you too!  Just ask him.  Call 281/479-2431 .
One of the regular columns is "This Week in Texas History."  The photography is good!   Visit their websites at 
Battleship TEXAS logo 

Friday, March 13, 2009

Farewell - Horton Foote

A giant has gone to sleep. 

Albert Horton Foote, Jr. (March 14, 1916 – March 4, 2009) 

Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood     Readers, theater-goers, and movie watchers around the world were blessed by Horton Foote's 92 years upon the earth.  He wrote his first story as a youngster in Wharton, Texas, sought to become an actor, and soon turned to writing, his home in literature, becoming a playwright.
In Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood (Scribner, 1999), he opens his narrative with
"I left my home in Wharton at sixteen, but no matter how poor I was, and I was often very poor, I always managed to return for a visit at least once a year, whenever I met with friends or relatives on those visits we inevitably got around to 'Do you remember when,' or 'I wonder whatever happened to ...' "
Though his many plays (Wharton Dance was his first in 1940, The Trip to Bountiful being one of the most popular and The Young Man from Atlanta for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), movies (he wrote the screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies for which he won the Academy Award), and television scripts (he even wrote for the old Rod Serling's Twilight Zone and his Old Man received an Emmy), his work was informed by human relations where he found and passed on inspiration and humanity.
Ever one to engage the audience to wonder, Foote injected questions into Farewell, "I wonder why the boys turned out the way they did?" "Do Holy Rollers have preachers?" "How do you know he died of a broken heart, Auntie?" "Where did they live?  Across the tracks with the other black people?" "Do you believe Papa behaved unfairly?" and, at the book's end "What if you have no talent, what if you finish acting school and you can't find a job acting and you have to go back home and work at your father's store the rest of your life?"
If you can't act, well, become a world reknowned playright.
On the edges of my feelings for the volume Farewell, I find William Goyen for his deep intimacy with his rearing, Katherine Porter for her refined craft, though dancing just out of sight of Texas, and Mary Karr for the naively rapscallion nature of childhood recollections.
If you can't go home again, or even Bountful, at least, we can go to theater.
Find the Horton Foote Society at
Hear him speak at YouTube's TV Legends channel in several segments

History of American Literature -Payne

Read this book     History of American Literature, By Leonidas Warren Payne
Published by Rand McNally & company, 1919
Original from Harvard University  Digitized Sep 9, 2005  416 pages
Payne was an associate English professor at UT the time
Readable at Google and can be searched for "Texas"
Handbook of Texas article  which in part states "Payne wrote or edited numerous articles and book reviews and contributed to texts widely adopted in Texas schools. He published the first anthology of Texas literature, A Survey of Texas Literature, in 1928. His other published works include History of American Literature (1919) and Texas Poems (1936)."

Texas Literary Outlaws - Davis

Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond. By Steven L. Davis receives a lengthy commentary by Jeff Roche under the title "Urban Cowboys:  Texas Literature in the 1960's" in H-Net-1960s

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Robert Burton Robinson

Robert Burton Robinson     Robert Burton Robinson offers his novels and short stories as free e-book downloads.  The novels include BICYCLE SHOP MURDER, HIDEAWAY HOSPITAL MURDERS,  ILLUSION OF LUCK, FLY THE RAIN, and SWEET GINGER POISON.
They're mysteries set in the town of Coreyville.
His self-description begins "I earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I also did graduate work in both music and computer science.
I have worked in a wide variety of fields over the years, such as laborer, milkman, an electrician in a refinery, part-time and full-time music minister, establishing and running a music publishing company, and software engineering (computer programming).
I played guitar in a rock band in high school, wrote a screen play, several church musicals (some included drama, several were published), and a number of pop songs.
Hobbies: spending time with family, guitar, yoga (yeah—like Kory Mantra)."
Read more about him and his work at

Jessica Lee Anderson interview

Cynthia Leitsch Smith interview Texan author Jessica Lee Anderson
Cynthia's last question:
What can your readers look forward to next?

"Border Crossing (Milkweed Editions, fall 2009) is the story of a biracial teen named Manz who lives in a west Texas town. After witnessing an immigration bust and learning more about Operation Wetback, his growing paranoia threatens to consume him. "

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Salt Warriors - Cool












  Salt Warriors: Insurgency on the Rio Grande.  By Paul Cool. College Station:  Texas A&M U Press, 2008. 978-1-60344-016-5  cloth  $24.95 LC 2007037944 , 384 pp., 21 b&w illus.  2 maps. Bib. Index.


Winner of the 2008 Southwest Book Award and the 2007 Robert A. Calvert Book Prize


Ah, Salt!   The essential for life!  A source of greed and corruption!  An opportunity for a community to defend itself!

Cool performs wonderfully delineating the "Warriors" of this distant and famed El Paso Salt War of 1877.  Rather than some mindless drifting or power-play, the War is revealed as a raft power-players bent on wealth pitted against the long-established rights of the local Mexican-Americans to collect the element to live.  Following a slow minuet during post-Civil War push and pull between former Union and Confederates, an Austin banker and his son-in-law, Charles Howard, assert the ultimately unsuccessful move.  The final three months of the struggle is gripping as readers also find the Texas Rangers strangely out-maneuvered, bucking the mythology.  Newspapers around the nation, from Chicago to Atlanta to New York, carried versions of the bloody events.  President Hayes called out his troops and Buffalo Soldiers.  The Governor chose sides.  The interests of New Mexicans demanded action.  The local land barons and political officials split into factions. 

There were election frauds!  Legislative inveigling in Austin! Revenge for old deeds! Murders!  Arrests! Cold defiance! Armed concerned citizens went on a man-hunt for Howard. 

It was a big deal, folks.  And Paul Cool plays it out for you, one warrior at a time and mixes them together as he pulls information from diverse documents of the period.


Tale out of Luck - Nelson


A Tale Out of Luck   9781599957326_94X145   by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely.  NY: Center Street, 2008.   256 pages, hardback, ISBN-13: 978-1599957326  $21.95.   The brown, gold, and black jacket provides a genuine attempt to project an old style, worn cover, maybe done in "rich Corinthian leather." 

Luck, Texas is a town around and out of which the novel's plot is set and sprung.  Nelson lovers will enjoy this Western, it's got action, characters, and the usual.  Ghost arrows kill a rustler, and old Ranger Tomlinson revives his recollection of an earlier ghost arrows murder in which he was implicated.  Before the mystery is solved you've got Indians (yes, Comanches), horses (invoking Steel Dust Gray), a horse-whisperer (Jubal), Buffalo Soldiers, eavesdropping, shoot-outs, orphans, and love with a bar owner (Flora).  Will Tomlinson be found to be an actual murderer of his fellow Rangers?  His son Jay Blue and adopted brother Skeeter leave Luck behind to get to he bottom of it all.  Jay summarizes it all with "Well, danged if it didn't look like a load of fun being a Tomlinson right now!"  You'll enjoy following young Jay.

Pirooters - Mellon

     The Pirooters by Mark Mellon. Sierra Vista, AZ: Sundowners/Treble Heart Books, 2007.  213 pages ISBN: 978-1932695-66-3  $11.95 paperback


Life in 1916 San Antonio where the civilization has budded with the Battle of Flowers, motorcycles, and talk of renaming Kaiser Wilhelm district to King William is interrupted with long-separated Grandfather Virge Pargrew's retun and recollection of a post-bellum adventure with Indians, treasure, and rides beyond the Rio Grande to the Bolsom de Malpini. It's a ridin' and shoot 'em up.


Seems Virge and brother Heck and Old Mose, the freedman "as old as time," set out on a series of rip snorting cavortations with Comanches, bandits, and a few unappreciative Frenchmen troubling the crew who are after Jim Bowie's Santa Perdida treasure.  Mellow shows his realism as he recount the trio's decision to bury some bad guys, not out of sentiment, but out of practical caution, to keep the vultures from marking their location for El Guapo.

Woven into the tale readers find the 1916 descendants' forgiveness for old Virge and welcome him back into the family fold.


Sources vary on what is "pirooting." Some describe it as making one's way down a muddy street, some call it whirling, others wandering.  The novel's back-flashing manner between 1916 and earlier times make the story a rootin' tootin' piroot of its own.

Texas Poetry Calendar - Wiggerman

Texas Poetry Calendar 2009          Texas Poetry Calendar, 11th edition, 2009.  Edited by Scott Wiggerman & Cindy Huyser; David Meischen, Managing Editor, Kristee Humphrey, Cover Design.  Austin:  Dos Gatos Press, 2008.  Sprial bound, soft covers.  ISBN-13: 978-0976005131  $12.95

Each weekly calendar page faces a poem.  Valentine Week contains Elizabeth Bratten's "Finding Love at the Old Wimberly Drugstore."  She loved her burnt orange fountain pen named Big Red.

The back of each annual contains bio blurbs of the issues' poets and guidelines for the next year's submissions and the annual awards.


Texas Poetry Calendar, 10th edition, 2008.  Edited by Scott Wiggerman & David Meischen, with Cover Design by Kristee Humphrey.  Austin:  Dos Gatos Press, 2008.  150 pages, sprial bound, soft covers.  ISBN-13: 978-0976005124




Big Land -Wiggerman


Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair:  Best of Texas Poetry Calendar. 


bigland     Edited by Scott Wiggerman.  Austin: Dos Gatos Press, 2008.  224 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0976005148

187 poets, almost 300 poems, covering Texas geographically and its many castes in poems with a Texas theme

 This special issue and the continuing annual publications should be acquired by persons and institutions wishing to project a profile of being within the realm of Texas poetical society.  Each contains older awarded and first-time poets.  Issues rapidly become out-of-print.


"Scott Wiggerman is the author of Vegetables and Other Relationships (Plain View Press, 2000) and editor of the Texas Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press), now in its eleventh year. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Poesia, Contemporary Sonnet, Visions International, Spillway, Sojourn, and the Paterson Literary Review. In addition, his poems appear in several anthologies, including This New Breed: Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians 2 (Windstorm Creative, 2004), In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief (Sherman Asher, 2006), The Weight of Addition (Mutabilis Press, 2007), and Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press, 2008)."


"Dos Gatos Press is a small non-profit press dedicated to the promotion of Texas poets and poetry. It is operated by poets Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen."

 "Our primary means of promotion is the production of the annual Texas Poetry Calendar, now in its twelfth year, a continuation of the fine calendars that Flying Cow Productions originally produced. We also offer a series of readings each year to introduce the public to the work of the poets in each calendar."


Half Way Home - Johnson



Half Way HomeHalf Way Home.  By Don Johnson.  Denton:  Zone Press, 2008.  paperback, 284 pages.  $15.95 



The jacket image, suggestive of Big Bend and natural tranquility, belies the active, complex lives and relationships of some 1970's psychology graduate students and their friends, family, and associates.  Academia merges with El Puente, a half way house of colleagues and clients.  It's as zoo-life as the rest of life in that decade of cultural change. 


Glenn's cooling marriage is dissolving and Hena's earthy, siren presence compels their passions for natural beauty, intellectualism, and sex.  Their secret is quickly open to their associates who respond in varied ways.  In some ways, the therapeutic setting of El Puente is metaphorical for the care and healing that surrounds us on a daily basis.  The reader may wonder will this odd relationship function beyond a few seasons; is it so roller coasterish that it must derail?  Life through a couple of semesters with them; paint the bus with flowers and such; trip to Big Bend; bear up under others' illnesses; learn to look closely at the nature of love.


Road Home - Grant

 The Road Home

The Road Home (Poems: 1994-1997).  By Lyman Grant.  Austin:  Dalton Publishing, 2007.   paperback, 75 pages, ISBN 0-9740703-1-9 $12.95 


Lyman Grant teaches at Austin Community College and has published several admired volumes.

Larry Thomas, in his "Foreword," writes, "In the Road Home, Lyman Grant probes, with haunting clarity and insight, the complexities of human love, from the tragedy of its passing to the ecstasy of its powerful return."

Grant reveals himself in intimate and common moments in the three sections, "Clear Directions to Some Place Else," "These Are Things I've Been Wanting to Tell You," and "Waiting for Mercy." 

Grant places himself and his poems before you, "I have placed a bowl of apples / in the center of the table, / an iron bowl, black and strong, its legs / curled under, snakes about to strike."  Desolate moments are scratched onto paper, "So a man drives around late at night / avoiding all the streets that lead home. / He knows lights are still on / that those who love him / are gathered round the table / talking, wondering what could have gone wrong."  He finds words for events we delight to share "An angel wakes / on Santa Maria Street / before sunrise, // stretches her light / in shapes like ancient signs, / in like God's first words."  Another good volume.


Last Renegade - Kearby

  chap1 illustration.jpgThe Last Renegade.  By Mike Kearby.  Austin:  Trail's End Books, 2008.  paperback, illus, 180 pages.  ISBN 9780978842291 $14.95. Ages 14 and up.


Mike Kearby brings young readers another well- paced Western novel set in South Texas 1877.  Codified retributive justice is first found in Hammurabi's Code from the ancient Mesopotamia river valleys – "an eye for an eye."  But here the story involves a couple of young boys and a girl and a dog.

Young-Man-Listens, a nine-year old Comanche, is captured by slavers and sold to a travelling circus where the nefarious Shelly McDuff cages him and bills him to gawkers as "The Last Renegade – Chief Raging Bull" for two years.  Then the show rolls into Sheriff Miller's Territory.  Miller's eleven-year-old son, Jake, immediately sees through the injustice of the imprisonment and sets the young Comanche free whereupon the two plus Marty scat on a trail of hiding, hunting, capture, a fight (partially aided by Walter the dog), and ultimate salvation by Jake's father.  Young-Man-Listens eventually relents on the impulse of worst vengeance and rides off toward home in Oklahoma.   A side plot that finally weaves it way in is about the scarcity of water and a new spring on the Miller's land that triggers a greedy plot of multiple murders.

Mack White's illustrations seem influenced by Nast cartoons and Hank the Cowdog.


Candidate Conspiracy - Odam

     The Candidate Conspiracy: A Novel by John W. Odam. NY: iUniverse, 2008.  paperback, 280 pages, ISBN 978-0-595-46873-7,  $17.95.


Yazkov is slick with two quick murders near the border and two disguises in Austin.  Jennifer Spencer fund-raises for a U.S. Senate candidate and suspects foul play.  The current Senator is also running for president.  Is the money being funneled to the opponent?  Can Texas politics be so corrupt?  Juan Falcon, Texas Ranger, is drawn into this international conspiracy set in Texas, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, Switzerland, and campaign stops across Texas, most in Houston and Austin.  The criminals have company, the Colombian drug cartel, nefarious gun dealers and lobbyists, and others involved in Operation Tejano. The Russian mafia targets Jennifer for elimination.


Odam is a long-experienced Houston attorney and former candidate for Attorney General.  He draws from his life-experiences and conjecture to characterize the people and the unusual possibilities of the Texas scene.  Well developed female characters.  An interesting and fast-paced story for a Sunday afternoon garnished with guacamole and a cinnamon-spiced fruit medley. 


Odom speaks at

Houston Press interview

Texas Lawyer review


Supreme Courtship - Buckley

   Supreme Courtship, Large Print Edition. By Christopher Buckley.  NY: Twelve, Hachette Book Group, 2008.  Hardback, ISBN  0-446-57982-3/ 978-0-446-57982-7, $24.99, 288 pages


The president chooses Texas Judge Pepper Cartwright as his nominee, and the fun starts and the Texasisms grow throughout the clear prose.  Buckley's Pepper, you see, stars in the nation's most popular reality show, "Courtroom Six."  But she's also patently competent and playing politics comes naturally for Pepper.  High-level advisors advise "no," but Chief Executive Vanderdamp (sic) wishes to push her into Congress' face.  All this is complicated by Pepper's contract with the TV show, the shaky marriage, and a grandfather who warmly supports his darling daughter and doesn't need to shoot anybody in the process.  Her first case on the Supreme bench is about "an idiot bank robber suing the maker of his gun." All the while there's a presidential race, a contemptuous Chief Justice, a constitutional amendment and an election crisis clattering around in the background and foreground.  A wonderful read for those enjoying word-play and wit and the slow skewering of Washingtonians (the author is a Buckley, remember).


Obedience Smith - Cook


  Obedience Smith (1771-1847) Pioneer of Three American Frontiers: Her Ancestors and Descendants.  By Audrey Barrett Cook.  Houston: Early Publishing Co. 1745 Marshall, Houston, Texas  77098-2801), 2008.  Hardback with multi-colored illustrated jacket, maps,  illus, genealogy charts, ports, endnotes, index, 520 pages. ISBN 978-9818196-3-1 $39.95. 

Audrey Cook provides this considerable volume on one of Houston's earliest important women.  Genealogical in nature but more broadly historical in content, Cook embarked on a years-long quest to put her ancestor in context.  The physical volume is divided into four "books," tracing the paternal Fort and maternal Sugg families and the subsequent Smith family (a Highlander crew) histories.  The families' trails begins in Virginia  (some say most good things do), and continues to North Carolina, Tennessee, through the Cumberland Gap and down the Natchez District into Mississippi, and finally to Texas at Pleasant Point (northwest of present Angleton , and finally Houston in 1836.

Obedience Fort Smith was a remarkable pioneer in the truest vein.  And Cook is congratulated for bring her to life on these pages.  After bearing 11 children in Tennessee and raising the survivors in Mississippi, her husband died in 1835, her son decided they would move to Texas when she was aged 65-years-old.  (Some family members preceded them in 1833.)  They arrived early in 1836 before the Declaration of Independence, got caught up in the Runaway Scrape, returned to Pleasant Point, and moved to Houston later in the year where she cared for family and others for the next 11 years before dying in 1847, after annexation.

Although the family was landed, they were "land poor."  Cook cautions us that Obedience was not the "Land Queen" or richest woman in Houston, but rather preferred the background.  But she was recognized and honored by her husband when he made her one of the executors of his estate which she ably managed.  It's also untrue that she shot a lawyer who was allegedly trying to steal her land.  The family's history includes some "less well behaved" members, but most hewed the line of propriety.  Cook's frankness is gracious but informative.

The volume, although with genealogical intent, is largely informative narrative and makes for a wonderful read as the reader transits the history with rich documentation and frequent splicing of document excerpts.

Beyond the Alamo - Ramos

Beyond the Alamo  Beyond the Alamo:  Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861.  By Raúl A. Ramos.  Chapell Hill, NC:  University of North Carolina Press, Published in association with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2008.  Illus, tables, figures, maps, notes, index, 298 pages, $35.00.  The sky blue spine pleasantly complements the dark chocolate boards.


Raúl A. Ramos is assistant professor of history at the University of Houston.  not  He'll be one of the speakers at the upcoming Battle of San Jacinto Symposium 


The volume works the idea of what happened to the identity of the elite Tejano class.  Two other books come to mind for their similar intellectual texture, Walter Webb's Great Plains and Juan Bruce-Nova's Retrospace, both of which interpret identity in relationship to space, topography, or physical territory, the latter more formally extending into ethic and artistic identity. 

Ramos' Beyond the Alamo first prods into the nature of the elite class of San Antonio Tejanos' identity among themselves and related to the indigenous peoples before the Anglo entrada.  Then he narrates a more traditional history of those elite Bexareño  families during the 1820's – 1850's bearing the identity proposition in mind on the threshold of and after the startling growth of the Anglo-American population. 

Maybe the main spectrum Ramos uses is his continuing inspection of "relationships" between the families' members and also with the Anglo elites.  Ramos goes further in exposing why the Bexareño elite were so adept in cultural brokerage with the Anglo elites; in several points he notes the strict class structures of the Anglo Southern society and the Mexican mestizaje society.

Readers new to this perspective on San Antonio may benefit from a glance at the San Antonio Public Library's bibliography at and Jesús F. de la Teja's   San Antonio de Béxar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier  


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Declaration of Independence

File:Texas Declaration of Independence.jpg March 2, 1836 - Texas Declaration of Independence from the Convention of 1836.  Take a digital tour, chase a few rabbits, learn a little.
Texas State Library
Handbook of Texas Online
Texas Almanac
UT Tarleton Law Library
Yale University's Avalon Project
Humanities Texas traveling and online exhibit
Portal to Texas History lesson plan
Dawn Bishop's lesson plan
Texas Tides lesson plan
Texas State Cemetery
Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Weblog
Lone Star Junction commentary
Wkipedia, of all places
Greatness to Spare: The Heroic Sacrifices of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence  by T.R. Fehrenbach
The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence by Louis Kemp
The Texas Declaration of Indepedence in Exact Facsimile by Anson Jones Press
Greer, James K. "The Committee on the Texas Declaration of Independence," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 30 and 31 (April and July 1927), 239-251, 33-49.

Shuffler, R. Henderson. "The Ark of the Covenant of the Texas Declaration of Independence." Southwestern Historical Quarterly 65 (July 1961), 87-100.

Shuffler, R. Henderson. "The Signing of Texas' Declaration of Independence: Myth and Record." Southwestern Historical Quarterly 65 (Jan. 1962), 310-332.