The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 236
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the scientific and scholarly enthusiasm that led the author to hunt
from Mexico to London for new materials relative to his subject
in every collection where there was any reason to hope they might
be found. In the mind of the reviewer there is a story which is
hinted at in Dr. McCaleb's introduction, but which can not here
be told, of how the work grew-a story hardly less interesting in
some respects than that contained in its own pages; how the for-
tunate discovery of certain letters relating to the conspiracy which
he had been directed to search for in the then almost inchoate mass
of the Bexar Archives quickened the impulse that sent the young
student wandering from city to city throughout Mexico and the
United States and finally across the Atlantic that he might per-
chance discover some grains of truth that had escaped the win-
nowing of others. To the fruitfulness of his quest, the book itself
testifies abundantly. No previous writer on the subject has had
available anything like the same store of original materials; and,
had Dr. McCaleb done no more than bring those to light, the his-
torical scholarship of America would owe him many thanks for
that alone. But he has done more. The materials so patiently
and industriously gathered have been handled well; so well, indeed,
as to justify the term already applied to the book-notable.
Some defects are to be observed. For example, it is difficult to
believe that the author has fully preserved the judicial attitude in
the chapter on "The Trial at Richmond." There is likely to rise
in the mind of the cool and impartial reader a question whether
he has not drawn Jefferson smaller and Marshall larger than their
actual proportions. The contrast between the characters of these
two men is a subject concerning which there is much more evi-
dence than this book contains; and it seems evident that the
intensity of Dr. McCaleb's conviction has impaired to some extent
the faithfulness of his coloring. But the characterization of Burr,
while perhaps a little over sympathetic-if the term may be allowed
in such connection--, seems on the whole the most vivid and real
hitherto given to the public.
Fayette Count , Her History and Her People. By F. LoTTo.
Published by the author at Schulenburg, Texas, 1902. 8vo. Cloth.
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