The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 314
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
nal sources, for the purpose of furnishing full and accurate infor-
mation in plain language and as concisely as clearness would per-
mit." To substantiate this claim, an earnest and honest effort
has been made by the author. His resources, however, though
respectable, have not been ample. In the whole volume there is
hardly an authority cited which has not long been known to the
student of California history. There are no citations from manu-
scripts or books in the Bancroft collection (for two years acces-
sible at Berkeley), nor from national or private collections in the
East, nor from the Mexican or Spanish archives. The author has
relied chiefly upon such classic standards in his field as Venegas
(Noticia de la California), Baegert (Nachrichten von der Cali
fornischen Halbinsel), and Palou (Noticias de la Nuerva Cali-
But the volume is not without its justification. From its pages
it is evident that Father Engelhardt has made some use of the
archives of California, kept in the Surveyor General's office in
San Francisco, and destroyed by the earthquake fire of 1906. He,
moreover, by reason of his connection with Santa Barbara, has,
been able to avail himself of the valuable Santa Barbara Mission
archives, repository, among other things, of the originals of letters
by J6se de Gilvez and Permin Francisco Lasuen. Use has been
made of the material (not known to Bancroft) relating to the
voyage of Sebastian Vizcaino to the port of Monterey (A. D. 1602-
1603) which was copied for the late Mr. Adolph Sutro from the
archives at Seville,-material which, both in Spanish and English,
may now be consulted in the Sutro volume of the publications of
the Historical Society of Southern California. Use likewise has
been made of the translations of important Spanish documents
published by Mr. Charles F. Lummis in the "Land of Sunshine"
and in "Out West," from 1897 to 1903.
Apropos of Venegas, Baegert, and Palou, Father Engelhardt's
book derives value from the care with which the works of these
historians have been re-explored. Details of mission life in the
peninsula are elaborately set forth. Indeed, upon the subject of
missionary toil among the Indians, the author has been able to
shed light from his own personal experience. Nalf rather than
critical though the book must be called, it contains, besides the
narrative, matters of interest such as definitions of ecclesiastical
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