The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

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cences, magazines, letters, newspapers, and documents which sub-
stantiate and fortify that theory.
Sufficient footnotes are used to give the work the appearance of
authenticity without cluttering up the book with unnecessary ref-
erences. Grammatical and typographical errors are too few in
number to warrant notice, though on page 447, line 27, the word
"give" should be "gave." Judging from the grammatical perfec-
tion of the book throughout I would not hesitate to classify this
as a typographical error. Interesting and well selected illustra-
tions, photographs, and a map contribute their part to the excel-
lence and genuine worth of the book.
CLAUDE ETLIOTT.
Southwest Texas State Teachers College.
The Territorial Papers of the United States, Vol. V, The Territory
of Mississippi, 1798-1817. Compiled and edited by Clarence
E. Carter. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1937.
Pp. x, 815. $1.50.)
This volume, a compilation of official papers selected from
many different federal repositories, deals with the administration
of the Territory of Mississippi during the period from 1798 until
June, 1809. Volume VI of the Territorial Papers of the United
States (not available to the reviewer) will carry the series down
to 1817. Strictly speaking the documents found in the book are
only a tithe of the data relative to the years selected, but the
editor sets rigid limitations upon the type of material to be pre-
sented and with few exceptions keeps well within his boundaries.
Inasmuch as he includes only sources bearing upon the political
and land administration of the pioneer state the student of those
phases of territorial development may feel the work adequate and
illuminative, but the social historian must await the publication
of another promised series before he can explore military matters,
Indian relations, and diplomatic affairs. By way of an aside, it
may be pointed out that the late Dunbar Rowland in a measure
supplied this lack by editing the Mississippi Territorial Archives
and the Letter-Books of W. C. C. Claiborne.
The present work is excellent as a tool to start prying into the
territorial history of Mississippi. But due to the above mentioned
restriction of subject matter, if it is the only book at hand dealing

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