Pratt traces the activities of the expansionists, omitting other
material such as the war on the sea and the campaigns along
the eastern front. He is particularly interested in the attempts
to obtain the Spanish provinces and the sectional politics that
resulted in the failure of the Canadian campaigns and the
Mathews putsch on Florida. He ends his book by tracing the
gradual disillusionment of the frontiersmen and the realization
that from their standpoint the War of 1812 was a failure, which
not even the brilliant victory at New Orleans could assuage. Far
from acquiring any territory, the administration was delighted
to keep what they had when war ended.
Pratt disagrees with Hacker and his school of land hunger to
the extent that he puts the Indian menace first in the causes of
Western motives, and he does not entirely prove his point in the
opinion of this reviewer.
He also ignores the deep humiliation of many of the seaboard
states over the impressment of sailors and the interference of
Great Britain in our affairs. The book is also handicapped by
the lack of adequate maps, though an excellent bibliography is
presented. These, though, are minor criticisms. The number of
doctoral dissertations and other studies dealing with the expan-
sionists of 1812 is a monument to this well-written book.
The University of Texas
Franklin's Correspondence with Catharine Ray Greene. By Wil-
liam Greene Roelker (editor and annotator). Philadelphia
(American Philosophical Society), 1939. Pp. ix+147. $3.00.
Franklin's correspondence with Catharine (Ray) Greene be-
gan, on his part, with the letter of March 4, 1755, and lasted
thirty-four years almost to a day, ending on March 2, 1789.
Shortly after meeting Catharine late in 1754 Franklin made a
trip with her from Boston by way of Newport to the Ward farm
near Westerly. An overnight stop in a tavern was made, and this,
according to Roelker, caused the raising of eyebrows. He feels,
however, that the correspondence amply proves that nothing un-
toward occurred. In Franklin's first letter are these words: "Your
favors come mixed with snowy fleeces, which are pure as your
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