southwestern Historical Quarterly
so appropriately that it is reproduced here in full: "These forty
letters, written between September, 1844, and August, 1870,
cover the period when Lee was Superintendent of West Point,
on duty in Baltimore, Jefferson Barracks, and Texas, the Mexi-
can campaigns, and the war between the states. The letters,
which are unusually intimate in character, reveal more of the
human qualities in Lee than any other group now in print. They
abound in good humor and reveal his personal attitudes toward
secession, the outcome of the war, and the problems of recon-
struction. They give glimpses both of the soldier and of the citi-
zen that aid much to a better understanding of the inner man."
A brief quotation from this letter, written from Fort Mason,
Texas, January 22, 1861, well illustrates the intimacy with which
he wrote to his cousin and the value of the letters as a mirror of
the man: "I only see that a fearful calamity is upon us; and
fear that the country will have to pass through for its sins a
fiery ordeal. I am unable to realize that our people will destroy
a government inaugurated by the blood and wisdom of our
patriot fathers, that has given us peace and prosperity at home,
power and security abroad, and under which we have acquired a
colossal strength unequal in the history of mankind. I wish to
live under no other government, and there is no sacrifice I am
not ready to make for the preservation of the Union save that
of honor. If a disruption takes place, I shall go back in sorrow
to my people and share the misery of my native state, and save
in her defense there will be one soldier less in the world than
now. . .. I shall hope that the wisdom and patriotism of
the nation will yet save it."
E. C. B.
The Development of Methodism in the Old Southwest, 1788-1824.
By Walter Brownlon Posey. (Tuscaloosa, Alabama:
Weatherford Printing Company. Pp. xiii, 151. Price,
This is a scholarly contribution to the cultural history of its
section in the early nineteenth century, though the rather im-
pressive bibliography shows a surprising absence of manuscript
items and contemporary newspapers. Significant chapter titles
are: Methodism Crosses the Alleghenies, 1783-1799; The Period
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/. Accessed May 26, 2013.