The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

early years "richer and more complete than that of any other
state in the American Union."
Those who have worked in Spanish archives never cease to
wonder at their completeness and their richness of detail, and
those who have translated and annotated sources cannot but
equally wonder in amazement at the patience and perseverance
of the authors of the present two volumes in keeping steadily at
such a tedious but most useful task.
The University of Texas
The Natches Court Records, 1767-1805: Abstracts of Early Rec-
ords. By May Wilson McBee, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Lith-
oprinted by Edwards Brothers, Inc.), 1953. Volume II:
The May Wilson McBee Collection. Pp. iii+636. Supple-
mental index of fourteen pages. $15.00.
More than one half of this volume consists of "Court Records"
of the period of Spanish Dominion (1781-1798) in the Natchez
District. Perhaps most readers will consider this the most inter-
esting part of the book. There are numerous routine bills of
sale, divorce proceedings, mortgages, wills, powers of attorney,
and settlements of estates. However, many of the extracts reveal
sidelights upon Blommert's Intrigue, including the seizure and
confiscation of property belonging to the rebels, some of whom
were referred to as being then in prison in New Orleans. There
are entries that refer to the death of citizens at the hands of
Indians, the sale of rum to the aborigines, intermarriage of
whites and Indians, free persons of color purchasing freedom
for their children, and seizure of property of indebted persons
who have absconded. Frequent sales of slaves and other prop-
erty reveal common usage of such media of exchange as pounds
of tobacco in carats, milled Mexican dollars, indigo seed, and
pounds of Virginia currency. In the sale contracts slaves are
often referred to as "brute Negroes," "wenches," "mulattoes,"
"new Negroes," or "Negroes newly imported" who were sold
by apparent slave traders, among whom Thomas Irwin was
most noteworthy.
The court records are followed by the land claims filed with


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed November 30, 2015.