Boon, a story rewritten by John Filson from notes dictated by
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
William Lee McCormick: A Study in Tolerance with Genealogy.
By Edna Haynes McCormick. Dallas (The Book Craft),
1952. Pp. viii+234. Illustrations. $7.50.
The author of this book is the daughter of the man about whom
this biography and this study have been written. This book is
very authentic, for it is based on firsthand material coming from
the subject of this study. The illustrations really illustrate and
each quotation where it appears clinches the argument. The
author uses some of her own productions from her communion
with the Muse of Poetry, and these are always in italics.
Forty-seven pages of this book, pages 173 to 219, contain geneal-
ogical tables which trace William Lee McCormick's ancestry back
to one James McCormick, whose son, Dr. James McCormick, im-
migrated to Virginia between the years 173o and 1740 and settled
in Orange County. By the Tyrrell (Terrill or Terrell) family,
into which George McCormick, of the fourth generation, married,
the ancestry traced back to one Antenor I, King of the Cim-
merians, 443 B. C. Great personages in the ancestry were Charle-
magne, William the Conqueror, King John, Edward I, Sir Ralph
Stafford, Knight of the Garter, and Lawrence Washington, grand-
father of George Washington. As descendants of Sir Ralph Stafford
of the Most Noble Order of the Knights of the Garter, the Mc-
Cormicks lived under the motto: "Honi soit qui mal y pense"
(Shame on him who evil thinks).
The table of contents reveals the division of this biography and
study into thirteen parts which are indicated to the reader only
in heavy black lettering. Normally these would be called chapters,
but it must not have been the desire of the author to divide this
study into chapters.
Basic in William Lee McCormick's tolerance must have been his
study of religion, treated in the section, In the World of Religion,
and his study of law, of which evidences appear throughout the
book. On this point of tolerance a few brief quotes are in point:
1. There is something worth while in all religions, as well as some
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/. Accessed January 27, 2015.