On page x of the preface the author says that his assertions
about Jamestown and St. Mary's "may have to be
received with some reservation, for perhaps Sir Hum-
phrey Gilbert's St. John's Port (1583) in Newfound-
land is the first permanent English colony in the New
World, and perhaps Lord Baltimore's Province of
Avalon (1620), also in Newfoundland, is the first
center of religious freedom in the Western Hemisphere.
Some day these possibilities may be known as facts."
The suggestion is challenging, but I believe one may safely
disagree with the author about a permanent settlement in New-
foundland. It seems to me, too, that it is safe to say that, since
the author kept an open mind on the question of religious free-
dom in Avalon, he kept an open mind on the other questions
which his study raised.
The story which the author here tells is based on his observa-
tions in 1935 and 1936 as chief architect at Jamestown in the
work done by the Jamestown Archaeological Project. The foun-
dations and architectural fragments at Jamestown were ex-
cavated, photographed, and measured. In this project much
came to light of the ruins in Jamestown which struck the well-
trained eye of the author, a distinguished graduate architect
and lecturer in fine arts. The nearness of St. Mary's to James-
town caused him to dig there "with his own hand, unassisted."
What he found interested him, and from this angle his story
is written. There can be no doubt that this book should be on
the shelves of either the architectural or fine arts section of
every good library.
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
The Constitutional History of the United States, 1826-1876.
By Homer C. Hockett.
New York: The Macmillan Co., 1939. Pp. xii, 405. $3.00.
In the first volume in this series, Professor Hockett divided
his book into three parts. In the present volume there are four
parts, for which the titles, namely, "The Reaction Against
Nationalism," "The Democratization of the Federal Govern-
ment," "The Constitutional Aspects of the Slavery Question,"
and "War and Reconstruction," are well chosen.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed December 18, 2013.