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This writer was a very educated man but ....
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2019
This book was well written, but the author was a dyed in the wool abolitionist and a New York snob and a real hypocrite. He could not stand to let an entire page go by without prevaricating on slavery and how evil it was, yet he hardly and with venom proposes to "exterminate" the Indians. He goes on and on about the poor white people in Texas and how much better off they would be without slavery... He constantly looks down on these Texan's who farmed, ranched, and eked out a living, while fighting the mosquitos, snakes, Indians, and the elements. The purpose of his trip through Texas adventure (which had to cost a lot of money in its day and certainly a lot of time) is never made clear. I suppose he did it just because he could.
He also was very prejudiced against the "lazy" Mexicans.
But it was an interesting read and well written, if you could ignore his obvious prejudices and his "better than thou" typical New York Attitude.