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

Book Reviews

Philip Pittman's Mississippi Settlements (full title appears in the
bibliography) shows only eighty-one houses on his map of Kas-
kaskia of 1766.
The fourth chapter describes life in the village and lists the
inventories of several estates to show what people had in their
houses in furnishings and clothes. What the French habitants
ate did not differ much from what French villagers eat today.
The food was substantial, to be sure. "Making a Living" is the
burden of the fifth chapter. It was also the burden of the French
habitant who "was first of all a tiller of the soil," and he worked
with primitive tools. The habitant was also a fur trader and had
to be at times "also a carpenter, a smith, or a tailor." The hab-
itants had at least one slave per household, but "none of them
possessed a great many." The Code Noir protected the slaves.
The first sentence of the sixth chapter, which pictures the social
life and customs, informs the reader that the habitant "was a
gay soul" and "seemed shockingly carefree to later, self-righteous
puritans from the American colonies."
The appendix contains, first, extracts from the parish registers
on baptisms and marriages and, second, notes on the census of
1752 for Kaskaskia, Fort de Chartres, St. Philippe, Prairie du
Rocher, Cahokia, and St. Genevieve. The bibliography gives
ample evidence that an extensive amount of research was neces-
sary to make the study. Finally there is an index of about 1,500
names.
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
England in the Eighteenth Century. By W. T. Selley. London
(Adam & Charles Black), 1949. Pp. viii+4o8.
The first and poorer half of this work is a chronologically-
arranged treatment of the history of the British Isles from 1688
through 1815. It is followed by studies of the agrarian and in-
dustrial revolutions, Scotland, Ireland, the British Empire, con-
stitutional development, religion, and philanthropy. There are
sixteen maps of limited value and a useful appendix on the
South Sea Bubble.
England in the Eighteenth Century first appeared in 1934, and

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