The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909

Book Reviews and Notices.

and conventual terms; Consag's map of the California peninsula;
a map of the Indian tribes of Mexico and Lower California; a
map of Sonora and the peninsula (Venegas), dated 1757, and fac-
similes of the signatures of Viceroy Bucarely, of Caballero de
Croix, of Governors Barry, Fages, Borica and Arrillaga, of Guard-
ian Verger, and of Francisco Palou. There is a series of appen-
dices treating of The First Vicar Apostolic in the New World, The
First Bishop of Florida, The Right of Missionaries to be sup-
ported, Apostolic Colleges, Indian Veracity, Power of Spanish
Kings over the Church in America, etc. And last, but not least,
there is a full index.
IRVING B. RICHMAN.
Jefferson Davis. (American Crisis Biographies.) By William
E. Dodd, Ph. D. (Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs and Company,
Publishers. Pp. 396.)
This is an interestingly told story of a life that has been of
transcendant value to the student of human affairs in the impor-
tance and inst-ructiveness of its experiences;-a life that the man
of the North finds it easier to understand as the feelings engendered
by the Civil War die away, and the man of the South more diffi-
cult as the national point of view becomes increasingly prevalent
in his section. With the passage, however, of the present genera,
tion, and the disappearance of all personal memory of Davis and of
the events culminating in the war, it is probable that his character
and career will be as impossible of full appreciation, either in the
North or South, as the dialect of "Uncle Remus" to the child that
has never heard it spoken. It is well, therefore, that Mr. Dodd has
undertaken this evaluation; and it will be well if the others to
whom he refers in his preface as working on the same subject should
also publish their conclusions.
Though Mr. Dodd's theme invited free rhetorical coloring, he has
used it sparingly, which in this case at least is match to be com-
mended. He writes of Mr. Davis sympathetically in the main, and
with evident insight. This is especially marked in his dealing with
the Civil War period of Davis's life. It may well be questioned
whether Southerners in general have ever fully understood the diffi-
culties which the President of the Confederacy had to face in carry-

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