The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

open in the present instance. Williams has at last given the Army
of the Potomac its rightful place in the literature of the Civil
War. He has done it in a manner which should please profes-
sional soldiers and general readers as well. The last two volumes
of the set will be anticipated with pleasure.
FRANK E. VANDIVER
Tulane University
The Territorial Papers of the United States: The Territory of
Louisiana-Missouri. Compiled and edited by Clarence Ed-
win Carter. Washington (United States Government Print-
ing Office). Volume XIII, 1948, pp. iii+641, $3.50; Volume
XIV, 1949, pp. iii+907, $2.75.
Dr. Clarence Edwin Carter, of the Department of State, is
assembling in these volumes the important unpublished docu-
ments relating to the government of the Louisiana-Missouri Ter-
ritory, 1803-1821. The pattern of inclusion is chronological. Vol-
ume XIII, 1803-1806, covers the period of foundation through
the transfer of the first governor, General James Wilkinson, Vol-
ume XIV, in seven parts, carries through to 1814, the adminis-
tration of Governors Joseph Browne, Frederick Bates, Meri-
wether Lewis, Benjamin Howard, and William Clark. The con-
cluding volume will complete this territorial series to Missouri
statehood.
Serious scholars should see the preface to Volume XIII for
useful explanations by the compiler and editor. Dr. Carter has
made an effort to include all heretofore unpublished documents
which relate primarily to administration of the territory. By
combing through the National Archives, through departmental
files and libraries, and through Congressional records, he be-
lieves he has a definitive listing of relevant documents. Most
excellent headnotes, footnotes, and indexes guide the researcher
through the maze of varied items.
Since the State Department was the territorial administra-
tive agency at the time, many documents have to do with that
department. The volumes include correspondence between ter-
ritorial governors, secretaries, judges, land agents, land commis-
sioners, militia officers, and general citizenry and federal officials,

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