The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 60
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the case of one church against another, or of high tariff against
low, or of hard money against easy, or of strict constitutional
interpretation against loose.
3. The Quarterly does not settle, or attempt to settle, current
controversy whether political, economic, religious, or personal.
The Quarterly has no candidate for goverhor, attorney general,
or commissioner; it makes no attempt to fix the rate of taxes;
it does not become the arbiter of personal differences.
4. The Quarterly is not solely a publication for any one
specialized type, region, or period of Texas history. The Quar-
terly does not stress social history over political or economic
history. The Quarterly does not emphasize the history of East
Texas over that of West Texas. The Quarterly does not confine
itself to the history of the Republic to the exclusion of the
more recent history of the state. A valid contribution in any
of the various phases or interpretations of Texas history should
have a place in the Quarterly. The ideal which the Quarterly
has maintained over a period of fifty years is to present and
preserve all phases of Texas history. The goal has always been
to achieve the best balance possible within the realm of avail-
And the factor of availability is a very real one. To give merely
one illustration, I can tell you that a day or so ago I was asked
why the Quarterly had not published an article on Trammel's
Trace. The answer is easy-the article is being written, but it has
not been completed or submitted. Although we may not always
have been able to achieve the well-rounded entity that has been
the goal, the Quarterly has been much more fortunate than many
similar publications from the standpoint of copy available. Dur-
ing the past five years I have had at least a dozen letters from
editors of historical magazines telling me that they had abso-
lutely nothing to publish and asking that I turn to them any
copy which I could not use. I can understand the obligation
which any editor feels to supply a membership or a list of sub-
scribers with the type of publication for which they have paid.
I would not say that a publication should be discontinued be-
cause it could not meet its ideal any more than I would say that
an artist should cease to paint because he could not equal
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