The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935

Bookc Reviews and Notices

Service in Hayley's company in 1839- wrote to Auditor & Comp-
troller and inclosed the discharge, recevd a Letter from J. B. Shaw
Austin advising me that a Deed is in his hands for me from Gel
Cazenau and wife for 1283 acres of land the same I sold to his
wife when in New York in 1846 she was then Mrs Storms-- red a
letter from E. Tubbs of cherokee giving me information about Mr
Reuben Webb, red. several Letters from Candidates for offices in
the Senate
Thursday the 4th line weather,- answerd the Letter of J. B.
Shaw, and wrote to Reuben Webb (in duplicate, send one to
Larrissa and one to Jacksonville Cherokee C.) inclosing a blank
Power of attorney for him to sign- wrote to J. P. Wallace of
Bastrop informing him that Joe is a candidate for the same office
(Engrossing Clerk) eta Eastern mail arrived, no news
BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES
Dictionary of American Biography. Edited by Dumas Malone,
under the auspices of the American Council of Learned
Societies. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.)
Volume XIII, pages x, 649; Volume XIV, pages x, 648.
Price per volume, $12.50.
The scope and purpose of this enterprise has been described in
previous reviews. It was the purpose of the editors and sponsors
to make the Dictionary a contribution to the history of American
life. It was to include in its list of subjects only those who, in a
wide variety of activities, made more or less significant contribu-
tions to the life of their times. Moreover, the sketches were to
be written in pleasing literary style and were to give the reader a
more or less vivid impression of the personality of the characters
sketched. On the whole, the aims of the Dictionary have been
successfully attained. Most of the persons included are shown
to have made some more or less important impressions, good or
bad, but mostly good, upon their contemporaries. Perhaps equally
important characters not included will be remembered by every
reader, but this fact will not impeach either the industry or the
impartiality of the editor. One seems to note that successive vol-
umes tend to emphasize factual detail and comprehensiveness at the
expense of literary style. Perhaps this is a good tendency, because,

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