The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915

The Southwestern Hiistorical Quarterly

the fact that seldom in the footnotes does the writer specify either
the edition of a work from which he quotes or the name of its
publisher. Frequently also he omits even the initials of the
author; and sometimes becomes lax in his citation of authorities,
as, for example, on page 15, where no references whatever are
made to the sources from which he has drawn his information.
The style, too, grows somewhat heavy towards the end and the
body of the text is unnecessarily cumbered with material that
might better have been placed in appendices or addenda. A par-
ticular instance of this may be found on pages 255-258.
The author has relied very largely upon secondary authorities
and government reports for his material. At times, however, he
has drawn upon manuscript sources and frequently consulted the
files of contemporary newspapers. On the whole his work has
been done with care and discrimination and the product will prove
of lasting value.
The West in the Diplomacy of the American Revolution. By
Paul C. Phillips, Assistant Professor of History, University of
Montana. University of Illinois Studies in the Social Sciences,
Volume II, Nos. 2-3. (Urbana. 1913. Pp. 427. $1.25.)
The Mississippi Valley in the last half of the eighteenth century
has been a fruitful field of labor for historical scholars. Park-
man, Winsor, Turner, Roosevelt, and Alvord have made scholarly
contributions to our knowledge of its early history. The dramatic
period of the American Revolution has likewise been the subject
of a great literature. Dr. Phillips is concerned with the Mis-
sissippi Valley as an important factor in the diplomacy of the
Revolution. The international phases of the Revolution have
been elucidated by the work of Wharton, Doniol, Tower and the
biographers of Franklin, Jay, and Adams. But it is the author's
opinion that the subject demanded new examination for the simple
reason that all the evidence bearing on the matter had not been
searched out and critically analyzed. Tie has used the published
sources, but more important is the fact that he has utilized a
wealth of unexploited manuscript material reposing in the ar-
chives of Washington. London, and Paris. This fact alone en-


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