The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920

Book Reviews and Notices

the late Professor Henry Morse Stephens, who first surveyed the
material in Spain, estimated its possibilities and secured the sup-
port of the Native Sons for the work that was to follow. Dr.
Chapman gives several pages to a discussion of certain technical
phases of the research labor involved in searching out the ma-
terial, properly classifying it, and of preparing it for the catalogue.
These directions, if followed, will unquestionably be of interest
and value to any person undertaking similar labor in Spain, or
elsewhere, where the arrangement of materials is the same.
The second part of the book consists of the catalogue proper
and gives a general description of the 207 legajos used in its
compilation. This material is to be found in the three respective
groups under the audiencias of Mexico and Guadalajara, and in
the Estado Papers. It is to be regretted that Dr. Chapman did
not see fit to catalogue and calendar documents from the Philip-
pine Group, of which there are many referring to California and
Pacific Coast voyages. These legajo descriptions are of service
in that they enable the investigator to know the general character
of this material. Of course, they aim to do no more than give a
general idea of the contents of the legajos, and a glance at these
pages will enable the interested inquirer to know whether further
search in this direction is apt to be profitable.
"The Calendar of Items" contains 6257 titles, listed chrono-
logically, covering 224 years of Spanish rule on the Pacific
Coast and in the Southwest. These documents refer in large part
to California, and in themselves they tell the story of the Pacific
Coast from the early expeditions under Vizcaino to the last acts
of the Spaniards in California immediately preceding inde-
pendence.
CHAs. H. CUNNINGHAM.
Reminiscences of Rev. Jno. H. McLean, A. M., D. D., Dallas:
The Author. 1918. Pp. 322.
The author was born in North Carolina in 1838. His family
came to Texas the next year, and settled near Marshall. He
has resided within the boundaries of the Lone Star State con-
tinuously since. He has, therefore, seen a marvelous transfor-
mation in this State. But the author limits himself to rather
narrow bounds in the choice of the subjects treated. Chapters

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