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Book Reviews and Notices

Fitch, and Benjamin Franklin, may be taken as typical of the
major and minor characters.
In general, the articles are written by specialists. They repre-
sent a high degree of objective research and are critical without
being captious. Sometimes they aspire to a gentle humor, as in
the editor's summary of Mrs. Eddy's significance-"Three notable
achievements survived her: a religious organization with nearly
one hundred thousand members, a book of which about four hun-
dred thousand copies had been sold, and an estate appraised at
more than two and a half million dollars." Naturally, however,
limitations of space hold most of the sketches to a rigid presenta-
tion of facts, allowing no latitude for the play of wit. In spite of
this statement, the articles seek to give, and usually do give, a vivid
impression of the personality of their subjects. Occasionally, one's
estimates differ from those of the writer. For example, it would
hardly occur to the reviewer that "suavity and tact" characterized
the diplomacy of John Forsyth at any stage of his development. And
he wonders how the author of the interesting sketch of Colonel
Powhotan Ellis conceived the idea that the unratified treaty of
1828 between the United States and Mexico "would have re-
structed the spread of slavery beyond the Mississippi River."
Sketches of Texans, or of characters particularly associated
with the history of Texas, are: Augusta Evans, Jame W. Fannin,
Edwin W. Fay, Webster Flanagan, and Henry Stuart Foote.
As the reviewer has said in previous reviews, the Dictionary of
American Biography would seem to be all but indispensable to
high school and college libraries) to men and women of the learned
professions, to newspaper offices, and in a less degree to the tra-
ditional "general reader." The publishers sell the Dictionary on
a generous installment plan, which brings it within the reach of
moderate means.
Historia de Todos los Golegios de la Ciudad de Mexico desde la
Conquista hasta 1780 por Dr. Felix de Osores. Nuevos Doc-
umentos Ineditos o muy Raros para la Historia de Mexico,
Vol. II. Edited by Carlos E. Castafieda. (Mexico: Talleres
Grificos de la Naci6n. 1929. Pp. xii, 215.)
La Guerra de Reforma segin el Archivo del General D. Manuel
Doblado, 1857-1860. Nuevos Documentos Ineditos o muy

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