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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

and valuable contemporary comments of a participant, and en-
courages the hope that other records of the Convention, made
by those delegates who "passed their evenings in transcribing
speeches from shorthand minutes of the day," may yet be recov-
ered. Professor Strayer, who did an excellent job of editing the
Notes, is to be congratulated for dedicating the volume "To the
Memory of John Lansing Livingston Who Discovered and Pre-
served This Manuscript." Too often, it is feared, historical treas-
ures, stored away in garrets in boxes, old desks, and trunks, have
succumbed to the ravages of time-leaky roofs, rats and mice,
antique collectors, furious house cleanings.
The value of the Notes is greater because, unlike those of Yates
and Madison, they were never edited by Lansing for publication.
He made notes from those of Yates for the period before June 2,
and occasionally did the same on days thereafter when he failed
to attend. Even so his briefs of Yates' notes bear evidence of
his own thinking. It is well known that he and Yates were very
close friends, loyal Clintonians for many years; and consequently
it is interesting to learn that Lansing not only voted against
Yates at times but that he actually voted with Hamilton against
Yates and, on one occasion, against both Hamilton and Yates.
The Notes indicate that Yates and Madison tended to suppress
their own words or those of their friends which stressed proposed
developments or past events that each disliked. The Notes also
give illuminating information relative to the Pinckney Plan. Pro-
fessor Jameson never had use of this source in his "Reconstruction
of the Pinckney Plan."
The print and general format are excellent, and there is a
satisfactory index.
College of Mines and Metallurgy.
The Trampling Herd: The Story of the Cattle Range in North
America. By Paul I. Wellman. (New York: Carrick &
Evans, Inc., 1939.)
Though it is by no means the "Story of the Cattle Range in
North America" that its subtitle would imply-the author tells
next to nothing of the developments of the range cattle industry


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