The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 364
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
author has copied many inscriptions, and the locations of ceme-
teries are indicated (I. 94-146). Photographs of fifteen gravestones
are included in volume one.
The illustrations in this work, however, are mostly portraits;
the early ones are copies of paintings and drawings, the later ones
of photographs. Volume one contains 130 portraits. Their value
as sources of information will be recognized by one in search of
data on dress, jewelry, style of dressing the hair, and other matters.
The biographical record rests chiefly upon letters, diaries,
memoirs, newspapers, and books. Volume one contains twenty
facsimiles of manuscripts. The author stresses the superiority of
photographic copies. The derivation of Counties is given in order
that pertinent records may be traced. The official titles of the
officers in the county who have custody of records are given, and
some comment is usually made in regard to the condition of the
records and their indexes. Biographical data for the more im-
portant characters are collected and reprinted from various sources,
the sources being indicated. Examples are the biographies of
Sterling C. Robertson, the empresario (III. 2813-2862), and of
George C. Childress, his nephew (III. 2604-2620), and the life
and work of Elizabeth McRae (I. 530-543). Francis F. Covington
wrote his recollections and they are here printed (I. 547-557).
Other valuable historical material printed in the work for the
first time are excerpts from the diary of Robert Watson, September
27, 1861, to March 25, 1865 (II. 1889-1904); thirty letters of
Sergeant Robert Armstrong Harllee, January 14, 1860, to Feb-
ruary 16, 1862 (I. 754-781); thirty-five letters of Colonel Robert
Graham, March 11, 1861, to January 14, 1865 (I. 579-610); and
twenty-eight letters of Captain Andrew Turpin Harllee, May 17,
1856, to October 4, 1862. His letters of May 17 and September
7 and 20, 1856, give some account of the troubles in Kansas in
which he participated. While employed in the Department of the
Interior he wrote ten letters, October 9, 1859, to November 8,
1860, dealing with the current of political events as a young South
For one in search of the historical data indicated above, the
"General Index" is useless. It is not a general index. It is an
index of names only. There are, perhaps, 45,000 names in this
work. Certainly there is need for a good index of names. The
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