The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 12
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
which I ought to relieve the editor. I mentioned this to him after
a time, assuring him that, far from being offended, I should be
gratified at having my name dropped so as to make a vacancy for
some one who could be of real use. "No," said Dr. Garrison, with
unusual positiveness, "I want to keep your name just where it is."
"But," I protested, "I give no service. There is none that I can
give. I am a mere figurehead." He smiled. "You give the kind
of service I need. If you made a vacancy, I would most likely
have someone forced on me in your place who would insist on
giving service without being capable of giving what I want." And
then he went on to tell me something of his embarrassments in
warding off advice, criticisms, contributions, and offers of various
other kinds of help from persons-often very influential-who had
no conception of the requirements of such a magazine. To have,
therefore, someone on the committee who, not knowing, knew that
she did not know, and left him to pursue his own plans unmolested
by advice was a very comforting sort of help.
That conversation revealed to me his idea of the character he
planned to impress on our publication and gave me an appreciation
of his tact and resolution in providing such precautions as he
thought necessary to make sure that he was going to succeed.
I was one of those precautions, and after his explanation I was
content to remain in the position assigned to me as silent partner
in the good work.
Does not this episode, simple and amusing though it seems to be,
show you how much we owe to the founder of THIE QUARTERLY
for the honorable place it today enjoys in the libraries of the world?
And let us bear in mind that it was no foregone conclusion that
it should reach such a position. With a different influence behind
it, it might not have done so, or at least not until a much later
period, for journals of similar associations, born under auspices of
another sort, have failed to reach any such position of dignity.
Initial difficulties such as this, and others that I have mentioned,
faded away gradually as Dr. Garrison's training in the department
of history developed those disciples, already referred to, who were
to inherit his spirit. Any one who has access to unbound copies
of the earliest numbers of THE QUARTERLY will find the front cover
a document of interest indicating who those first helpers were and
Here’s what’s next.
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