The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940

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clearest picture anywhere available of the Indian sentiment and
attitude toward European inthrust into Eastern America. Ample
background for the Creek Nation's history is given, and the trend
of events during McGillivray's short life of thirty-four years is
interestingly portrayed. It is the last ten years (1783-1793) of
his life in which McGillivray assumed a position of extreme im-
portance in the life and very existence of his nation in the face
of encroachment and pressure from all sides. The author sketches
with clarity the astute diplomacy of McGillivray which earned for
him the title "Talleyrand of Alabama."
The 214 documents comprising the major portion of the book
are arranged chronologically and grouped into seventeen categories,
the nature of which is clearly and cleverly indicated by attractively
phrased captions-an arrangement all important to the readable-
ness of a collection of documents. In addition to this the author
has made his footnotes add a helpful and interesting touch to the
integration. He dove-tailed the documents, one with another, by
a code arranged to indicate each of his major sources, from the
Archives of the Indies to the Bancroft Library. To this he adds
an extensive bibliography and a well made index. An end paper
map provides what is needed in the way of a cartograph, and is
to be commended for its size and usefulness, for it shows more
clearly than a smaller and more detailed map the area of the
Creek Nation and its environs. The result is a well made book,
easy to read, entirely enjoyable, and that with no sacrifice of
scholarliness or authenticity. In editing and annotating the docu-
ments the author is to be commended for leaving the original
reality in the letters; he has kept their readability unimpaired,
having deleted only unessential parts, and having made only minor
alterations or corrections.
New Mexico Military Institute.
A Gentleman, of the Old Natchez Region. Benjamin L. C. Wailes.
By Charles S. Sydnor. (Durham: Duke University Press,
1938. Pp. xii, 337. Illustrations. $3.00.)
The Old Natchez Region, in Southwest Mississippi, developed
in isolation a civilization, with French beginnings, followed by


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed March 31, 2015.