The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903

Book Reviews and Notices.

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
The January Out West, (Vol. XVIII, No. 1) contains the third
and concluding installment of documents on Drake, in the series
entitled Early English Voyages to the Pacific Coast of America.
The February number contains, in the same series, an account of
the voyage of Sir Thomas Cavendish, in 1587. It is a digest
based upon, and interspersed with extracts from, original docu-
ments.
The American Historical Review for January (Vol. VIII, No.
2) has several interesting articles. James Harvey Robinson con-
tributes The Study of the Lutheran Revolt, a review of the litera-
ture of the Reformation. Herbert Darling Foster writes on
Geneva Before Calvin (1387-1536). The Antecedents of a Pur-
itan State. He outlines: 1. The development of Genevan
political independence (1387-1536) and religious reform (1532-
1536); 2. The resulting institutions and character before Calvin's
arrival in August, 1536. One of his conclusions is that before Cal-
vin's coming Geneva had developed neither democracy, religious
liberty, nor personal liberty, and had not organized a new church.
Her institutions were still plastic. The molding of them was left
for Calvin. The Constitution and Finance of the Royal African
Company of England, from its Foundation till 1720, by W. R.
Scott, throws light upon the magnitude of early trading under-
takings, upon the struggle against the exclusive privileges of the
company in question, and upon seventeenth century methods of
finance. Mr. L. D. Scisco's The Plantation Type of Colony is an
interesting departure in the study of colonial institutions. Quite
contrary to the traditional view, he sees in the earliest settlements
in Virginia, New England, and New Netherland -the same form of
colonial institution-the "plantation type" of colony. This he
defines as "an economic unity, based upon agriculture, under an
exclusive local government which combine political jurisdiction
with the powers of economic proprietorship." In The State of
Franklin, George Henry Alden describes the most notable inde-
pendent effort at State making west of the Alleghany Mountains

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