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The Louisiana-Texas Frontier
other sources in Washington, which are indicated definitely in the
footnotes and may be studied more in detail in Van Tyne and
Leland's Guide to the Archives of the Government of the United
States in Washington.
Outside of Washington the "Letters to and from Monroe" in
the Lenox Branch of the New York Public Library, the "Wilkinson
Papers" in the Chicago Historical Society, and the "Sibley Letters"
in the Missouri Historical Society afford valuable supplementary
material in English. The Spanish transcripts in the last men-
tioned repository, among Adams Transcripts in the State Depart-
ment at Washington, and especially those in the Mississippi State
Department of Archives and History have been still more valuable
than the sources available in English. As in the case of Mr.
Parker's Calendar I have used in my footnotes the numbers given
by Mr. James Alexander Robertson in his List of Documents in
Spanish Archives of which Transcripts are preserved in
In addition to these transcripts I have recently had the oppor-
tunity to examine the originals and to obtain additional data from
the Mexican and Spanish repositories, from the French and Eng-
lish diplomatic archives, and from the Bexar Archives and the
archives of the State Library, in Austin, Texas. While most of
the material thus collected refers to another period than the two
years comprised in the present study, the opportunity to verify
data obtained from the transcripts by personally examining the
originals or copies from which the transcripts were made, has
not been valueless for this work. A specific instance is shown in
the Wilkinson affair mentioned in Chapter II.
At the same time, as one encounters in the different repositories
in Mexico City, in Seville, and in Madrid, not to mention those
of minor cities, an almost endless number of copies of the same
communication directed by different conveyances to the same offi-
cials or to other officials interested in the same subject, he realizes
as never before the necessity for some sort of calendar of docu-
ments contained in these various storehouses. Under the circum-
stances the task of determining the original of a given document
or the attempt to note all the variant readings in order to obtain
all possible facts, is well nigh hopeless. Still it is possible to
obtain much that is new and significant from the Spanish and
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