A man of no literary pretensions, Spaulding wrote some fifty
articles for agricultural journals, contributed occasionally to
newspapers, and produced a few pamphlets, among them a
"Sketch of the Life of General James Oglethorpe," and a briefer
memoir of General Lachlan McIntosh.
With an unrivaled knowledge of Georgia's history, Professor
Coulter has apparently utilized all apposite sources. The twelve-
page "Critical Essay on Authorities" and the sixteen-page index
are adequate. Some readers may object to the organization
and to the inclusion of material that does not seem to promote
the author's objective.
OTTIS C. SKIPPER.
The Trinity College Historical Society, 1892-1941. By Nannie
Duke University Publications. Durham, N. C.: Duke University
Press, 1941. Pp. ix, 133. $1.00.
A modest volume of a hundred-odd pages tells the story of
fifty years' endeavor by a small college group to collect historical
material, chiefly concerning North Carolina, and set it forth in
proper fashion. Organized just five years before the Texas
State Historical Association, and beginning its publications in
the same year as the Texas society, the Trinity historians,
domiciled in a small denominational college, had a hard strug-
gle for many years to maintain interest, uphold proper stand-
ards for historical investigation, and procure funds for pub-
lishing data. Yet in this struggle they were fortunate in pos-
sessing the successive leadership of three choice spirits, Stephen
B. Weeks, John S. Bassett, and William K. Boyd, all of whose
portraits are appropriately included in the book. To Bassett
they owe a special debt for his insistence on a spirit of objec-
tivity in historical research, and his willingness to forget pa-
triotic sentiment even when it touched the Confederate Brigadier
General in Georgia or in North Carolina. He fostered the free
investigation of such local myths as the Mecklenburg Declara-
tion of Independence or the legend of Marshal Ney's escape to
America. He firmly distinguished between local attachment and
established truth. Thus he inculcated a spirit of academic free-
dom that has strongly marked the students of that college
throughout its history.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/. Accessed July 7, 2015.