ROBERT A. CALVERT, Editor
Lamy of Santa Fe. By Paul Horgan. (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
Inc., 1975. Pp. 523. Photographs, notes, acknowledgments, index.
$15. Limited edition, $150.)
I shall always remember the New York luncheon conference of the
American Catholic Historical Association on December 29, I960, when
Paul Horgan read his presidential address, "In Search of the Archbishop"
(Catholic Historical Review, XLVI [January, 1961] 409-427). In essence
it was a simple story about how he had gone about gathering the sources
for the life of the first archbishop of Santa Fe, a theme that in other hands
might well have turned off even professional historians. In the words of this
literary craftsman it was fascinating, and that night at dinner the late
Carlton J. H. Hayes of Columbia remarked to me how annoyed he was at
having to leave before it was over to chair another session. "It was magni-
ficent," said Hayes, and so it was, and so is this finished product of that
search begun nearly twenty years ago.
There will be, I suspect, few reviews of Lamy of Santa Fe that will fail
to allude to Horgan's special competence when he writes of the American
Southwest, a competence acknowledged in 1955 by the committees who
awarded the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes for history to his Great River: The
Rio Grande in North American History, a major achievement that was
followed by other historical and fictional works whose setting was laid in a
region that he first came to know as a boy bout I915 when his family moved
to New Mexico from New York. Readers of the book under review will not
overlook that particular competence in the biography of Lamy (pp. 116-
126, 139-140, 333-337, 344-350, to cite a few notable examples).
There is more, however, than literary grace and close regional acquaint-
ance in these pages; there is good history as well, and that of both church
and state, for Horgan has been at pains to furnish the mise en scone of
Lamy's career in a way that historians, and general readers as well, seeking
vivid portrayal of the Southwest's political, social, and cultural traditions
during the period treated will find rewarding. In other words, this is in no
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