The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 327
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Book Reviews and Notices
ration of 1777 in favor of representative government "vested in
select persons, chosen really and not nominally by the people,"
with Professor Nevins's statement that he "profoundly distrusted
the political capacity of the common man, believing him too
ignorant, selfish, and ill-controlled to be capable of wise self-
government"-a very accurate statement-or with Hamilton's
own later statements that "mankind in general . . . are
vicious," and that the people are "a great beast." There seems
to be an implication that Hamilton more than Jefferson supported
the Neutrality Proclamation of 1793, though this is later cor-
rected by the statement that Jefferson was fully committed to the
policy of neutrality. And it probably ascribes too much influence
to Hamilton to say that New York's ratification of the Constitu-
tion of the United States "offers one of the few outstanding in-
stances in American history of the decision of a deliberative body
being changed by sheer power of sustained argument." The late
Professor Channing keenly observed some years ago that Hamil-
ton's arguments apparently bore little fruit until the Constitu-
tion had already been made effective by the ratification of ten
Volumes VII and VIII contain articles on R. R. Gaines, James
B. Gambrell, Charles Goodnight, R. S. Gould, George Bruce Hal-
sted, and A. J. Hamilton-Texan characters. Perhaps the num-
ber should have been larger. Perhaps one may question the ap-
portionment of equal space to Judge Gaines, Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court for sixteen years, and Friday, an Arapaho sub-
chief, who had little discernable claim to be included at all.
Aside, however, from such minor criticisms as must occur to
individual readers-many of which will counterbalance and neu-
tralize one another--few will be disposed to question the really
inestimable contribution of the Dictionary to the history and lit-
erature of the nation. This reviewer can but repeat what he has
said in discussion of previous volumes-it seems indispensable to
all reference libraries, to all writers, students, and readers who
have need of authoritative encyclopaedic information.
EUGENE C. BARKER.
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