The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Hanna's account furnishes new material for the economic
-and, especially, the social historian. The evolution of a prince
in our midst into a territorial American and Whig Southerner is
a phenomenon worthy of better than casual study.
ROBERT C. COTNER
The University of Texas
The Horn Papers: Early Westward Movement on the Mononga-
hela and Upper Ohio, 1765-1795. By W. F. Horn. Scottdale,
Pennsylvania (The Herald Press), 1945- 3 vols. $30.00.
The Horn Papers have been published for the Greene County,
Pennsylvania, Historical Society through the efforts of Mr. W.
F. Horn. The original documents which form the basis of the
volumes are claimed by the author to have been preserved in
his family from 1735, when Jacob Horn began his diary, to 1891,
at which time the author made copies of most of the papers.
Mr. Horn is vague in specifying which of the originals still exist
and in stating whether any interpolations have been made. Sev-
eral maps are included among the documents, some of them
admitted copies, and only one page of the court docket is shown
in photostat.
The greatest weakness in the volumes is in the complete ab-
sence of footnotes and bibliography; acknowledgment is made
for financial assistance only. Except for a passing reference to
such competent historians as Darlington and Draper, the only
mention of source material is to be found occasionally in the
text, although the author is usually so obscure that it is ex-
tremely difficult to locate the source. Very important and sig-
nificant material which is directly quoted is seldom identified.
Volume I consists of the "documents" discovered by Mr. Horn,
who has then added chapters on general and local history, insert-
ing a great amount of unsubstantiated material. The diaries and
notes of three generations of the author's ancestors, with a court
record and miscellaneous papers and maps, make up the collec-
tion. It is significant that the records, and especially the diaries,
refer constantly to Christopher Gist; he is mentioned much
more frequently than are the families of the diarists. The intro-
duction to the volumes points out that the material on Gist, the

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