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pied with these that it leaves me but little room for the
more important and spiritual part of our duty. But
I hope not to loose sight of this most important duty
and would be glad to know where the line of duty lies
of diligence in business and fervency in spirit in the
service of the Lord. . . . I often feel desirous to give
my whole time to the instruction of the people and re-
solve to do so more than heretofore, but then a call of
sickness either from the people [of] the Mission or
some of our neighbors which as a Physician I must re-
gard as superior to any other; the duties I owe to my
family and necessary business either of my own or of
the Indians-the friendly or business calls of friends or
others take my time and leave the native [s] to their
own occupations and amusements. The time of one
man is more than required for all these calls and duties.
The Whitman mission was a port of call for most of the
emigrant trains during 1843-1845. Many families arrived in
the last stages of exhaustion, with teams worn out and food
all but gone. One family of seven children with both parents
dead on the trail was adopted by the kindhearted couple. Whit-
man paints, in his letters, the picture of a level-headed, prac-
tical business man, selling plows to the Indians in exchange
for horses; selling the horses and flour and meal at considerate
prices to emigrants who were able to pay cash and on credit
to those who were without means.
The eight volumes of Overland to the Pacific are in them-
selves a library of extremely useful and convenient source
materials on the history and geography of the trans-Mississippi
West. The three volumes dealing with the personality, char-
acter, and labors of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman possess,
particularly, a high degree of human interest. The editorial
and bibliographical standard is admirable throughout.
EUGENE C. BARKER.
The University of Texas.
The Letters of John Fiske. Edited by Ethel N. Fisk.
New York: The Macmillan Co., 1940. Pp. vii, 706. Illustrations.
The Letters of John Fiske, edited by Ethel N. Fisk, his
daughter, are valuable for their revelations of the growth of
the intellectual, aesthetic, and social interests of this striking
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 April 24, 2014.